The event is set to restart after two years of a long break.
Singapore Open is all set to begin after a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang. After the Malaysian Open was completed last week Indian players would be vying for the championship once again. Singapore Open is one of the seven BWF World Tour Super 500 which would later be upgraded to the Super 750 event by next year. The tournament will commence on the 12th of July and the finals will be played on the 17th of July.
Indian shuttlers had a tough time competing at the Malaysian Open with P.V Sindhu and Prannoy H.S making the furthest in the competition. Both the shuttlers bowed out in the quarterfinals ending the hopes for India to stand at the podium. Although, the shuttlers would be looking to bounce back at Singapore. The tournament contains total prize money of US$370,000 and 9,200 points at stake.
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu will begin India’s campaign and will face Belgian international Lianne Tan. Sindhu (3) is the only seeded player in her – quarter but she may run into the seventh-seeded Busanan Ongbamrungphan. Sindhu has the upper hand against the Thai international with a 17-1 head-to-head. While former World No.1 Saina Nehwal and Malvika Bansod will be competing against each other in the first round.
The seeded player in the men’s category Kidambi Srikanth will be making a comeback in the Singapore Open. The seventh-seeded will play his first game against his compatriot Mithun Manjunath. Prannoy H.S. has been in top form reaching the quarterfinals in the Malaysian Open but could face the third-seeded Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen in the second round.
Jonatan Christie would also be waiting for the Indian shuttlers in the quarterfinals. Christie will be in action against India’s Parupalli Kashyap. Also, Sameer Verma will be in action against China’s Li Shifeng.
Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles
In the doubles field, shuttler Srivedya Gurazada will be partnering with Ishika Jaiswal of the United States. They will be up against eighth-seeded Thai internationals Benyapa Aimsaard and Nuntakarn Aimsaard. MM Bora and LL Rachapalli will pair up to face Japanese internationals Sayaka Hobara and Hinata Suzuki.
While Pooja Dandu and Arathi Sunil will be playing qualifiers in the first round. The other duo Simran Singhi and Ritika Thaker will take on second-seeded Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai of Thailand.
In the mixed doubles zone, Nithin H.V and Poorvisha Ram will face Israel’s Misha Zilberman and Svetlana Zilberman.
The men’s double event would be without the Indian duo Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy as the latter is recovering from injury. India’s campaign will be commanded by Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Panjala. The other duo Arjun Ramachandran and Dhruv Kapila will be competing in the other quarter.