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.
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.
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.
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
Main draw: PV Sindhu, Malvika Bansod, Aakarshi Kashyap
Qualifiers: Ashmita Chaliha, Tanya Hemanth, Tasnim Mir
Main draw: Krishna Prasad Garaga/Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/ Chirag Shetty, MR Arjun/Dhruv Kapila
Main draw: Rutaparna Panda/Swetaparna Panda, Tanisha Crasto/Ashwini Ponnappa, Treesa Jolly/Gayatri Gopichand
Main draw: Reddy B. Sumeeth/Ashwini Ponnappa, Rohan Kapoor/Reddy Sikki