Indian shuttle queen PV Sindhu will begin her Thailand Open 2023 campaign against 2014 Commonwealth Games champion Michelle Li in Bangkok on Wednesday (May 31).
The reigning Commonwealth Games champion is coming off a semifinal showing at last week's Malaysia Masters. It was the second time this season Sindhu made the last four at a tournament following her runner-up finish at the Madrid Spain Masters in April.
Although 2023 has largely been underwhelming for the two-time Olympic medalist, Sindhu will be eager to build on her Kuala Lumpur results and put up a strong show this week.
PV Sindhu vs Michelle Li: Head-to-head and prediction
Sindhu leads Li 9-2 in the head-to-head. The Indian has thoroughly dominated this rivalry since 2014, winning their last seven meetings. Their most recent face-off was at the 2022 Commonwealth Games final, which Sindhu won 21-15, 21-13.
Sindhu will once again look to stamp her authority over Li but cannot afford to take her opponent lightly. The experienced Canadian has shown some promising results of late. She won gold medal at the Pan Am Championships in April and backed that up with a run to the Malaysia Masters quarterfinals last week.
Buoyed by the encouraging performances, Li will look to put Sindhu to a stern test. but it remains to be seen how long she can sustain a high level against the Indian.
Thailand Open 2023, PV Sindhu vs Michelle Li: Date and time
Date: May 31, 2023
Time: Approx 3 pm local time; 1.30 pm IST
Venue: Bangkok, Thailand