US Open 2019: HS Prannoy and Parupalli Kashyap will spearhead the Indian challenge
- With some big names not taking part, the onus will be on Prannoy and Kashyap to lead the Indian challenge at the US open 2019.
The BWF World Tour Super 300, Yonex US Open, will be played between 9 July and 14 July in California, U.S.A.
With tournaments like the Indonesia Open, Japan Open and World Championship lined up ahead, the trio of star shutters Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth have opted not to play in this tournament.
In the Men's singles category, HS Prannoy and Parupalli Kashyap have been awarded the second and sixth seeds respectively.
HS Prannoy, known as The Beast, hasn't enjoyed a great season so far. He had a disappointing outing in the last edition of the Premier Badminton League and since then he has been resting and recovering from the back injuries which he suffered a little before the season started.
These injuries has hampered his growth on the international stage. Prannoy will be starting his campaign against World No. 66, Yu Igarashi of Japan.
On the other hand, Parupalli Kashyap is eager to bounce back to the top level of the Men's singles competition. Kashyap is eyeing qualification for the Olympics, which has already started from May 29. He will be facing rising star from India, Lakshya Sen, in the opening round.
Apart from Prannoy and Kashyap, Sourabh Verma and Ajay Jayaram will also fancy their chances in the Men's singles competition of this tournament.
In Men's doubles, Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy have been given the fourth seed. But they have a very tough task to handle in the first round itself as they will be facing the veteran Korean duo of Yoo Yeon Seong and Lee Yong Dae.
Lee Yong Dae has announced his comeback from retirement and he is looking forward to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
In the absence of Nehwal and Sindhu, India's flagbearers in Women's singles are Anura Prabhudesai and Sri Krishna Priya Kudravalli. Prabhudesai will be starting her campaign against a qualifier, whereas Kudravalli will be facing the third seed Kim Ga Eun of Korea.
There will be no representatives from India in women's doubles and mixed doubles category.Published 05 Jul 2019, 08:17 IST