Korea Open 2023: PV Sindhu and Srikanth will aim for the first title of the season; know the full Indian squad

PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth will aim to maintain consistency and win their first title of the season at the Korea Open 2023.

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Experienced Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth will aim to maintain consistency and win their first title of the season when they begin their campaign at the Korea Open 2023 Super 500 tournament from July 18 to 23 in Yeosu, the Republic of Korea.

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Korea Open 2023: PV Sindhu and Srikanth will aim for the first title of the season; know the full Indian squad | Sportz Point

Korea Open 2023 will begin on July 18 in Yeosu, the Republic of Korea. Image- Scroll.in

More than six months passed in the current season but during this, PV Sindhu could not win any title. She was sidelined for five months due to a stress fracture in her ankle. After her return, her game did not show the same sharpness as before. The two-time Olympic medalist reached the final of the Madrid Spain Masters, her best performance of the season. She then reached the semi-finals of the Canada Open but could not progress past the quarter-finals of the US Open. In the US Open, Sindhu was eliminated from the tournament after losing to China's Gao Fangjie.

Ranked 12th in the world, Sindhu will open her campaign against Chinese Taipei's Pai Yu Po in the Korea Open 2023. Sindhu will be accompanied by her coach Muhammad Hafiz Hashim. In the presence of the former All England champion, Sindhu will be expected to perform better during the Olympic qualification period. Badminton's Olympic qualification period ends in April next year.

On the other hand, Srikanth, a former World Championship (2021) bronze medallist, has also shown a lack of consistency this season. He could only reach the quarterfinals of the Spain Masters, Malaysia Masters, and Indonesia Masters. He will begin his campaign against Japanese legend Kento Momota.

While Sindhu and Srikanth will look to end their title drought this season, Lakshya Sen and HS Prannoy will be eyeing their second title of the season. Lakshya has won the title in Canada while Prannoy has won in Malaysia and both will be looking to continue their momentum. Sen, a semi-finalist at the US Open, will take on former world number two Anders Antonsen of Denmark. Fifth seed Prannoy will take on fellow Indian Sameer Verma.

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The Korea Open 2023 will also be eyeing Indonesia Open champions Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty when they take on Thailand's Supak Jomkoh and Kittinupong Kedren in the men's doubles.

Korea Open 2023: Where to watch live in India

Live streaming of the Korea Open 2023 badminton matches will be available on the Badminton World Federation's official YouTube channel, BWF TV. The event will not be telecast live on any TV channel in India.

Korea Open 2023: Indian Squad

Men's singles

Main Draw: Lakshya Sen, Priyanshu Rajawat, HS Prannoy (5), Sameer Verma, Mithun Manjunath, Kiran George, Kidambi Srikanth

Qualifiers: Parupalli Kashyap, Harshit Aggarwal, Shashwat Dalal, Meiraba Luwang Maisnam

Women's singles

Main draw: PV Sindhu, Malvika Bansod, Aakarshi Kashyap

Qualifiers: Ashmita Chaliha, Tanya Hemanth, Tasnim Mir

Men's doubles

Main draw: Krishna Prasad Garaga/Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/ Chirag Shetty, MR Arjun/Dhruv Kapila

Women's doubles

Main draw: Rutaparna Panda/Swetaparna Panda, Tanisha Crasto/Ashwini Ponnappa, Treesa Jolly/Gayatri Gopichand

Mixed doubles

Main draw: Reddy B. Sumeeth/Ashwini Ponnappa, Rohan Kapoor/Reddy Sikki

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