India Open: Preview,Indian players, where to watch
All you need to know about the first major BWF badminton tournament of the 2022 World Tour which will feature several Indian stars in all the categories.
The 2022 BWF World Tour will kick off officially in New Delhi between January 11th-16th. The Yonex-Sunrise India Open is set to be the first major badminton tournament where shuttlers from all over the world will battle it out to claim a large chunk of the total $400,000 prize money up for grabs. It is being held after a period of 2 years and will be played in the KD Jadhav Hall in the Indira Gandhi Stadium in Delhi.
There are 5 Indian badminton players who will be participating in the tournament in this category. Srikanth Kidambi, B Sai Praneeth, and Lakshya Sen are seeds 1,2, and 3 respectively. Sameer Verma and Prannoy Kumar are seed 6th and 8th respectively. The other competitors are 4th seed Kataphon Wangcharoen, 5th seed and reigning World Champion Loh Kean Yew and Tommy Sugiarto who will be the 7th seeded shuttlers respectively.
PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal will be representing India in this category. Double Olympic medallist Sindhu is seeded in 1st place while Saina Nehwal is in 4th place. The other competitors to watch out for are Yeo Jia Min, Evgeniya Kosetskaya, Iris Wang, and Busanan Ongbamrungphan.
There will be 4 pairs of Indians taking part among 8 teams in this category. Satwik Reddy and Chirag Shetty will be seed 2 and are the medal hopefuls in this category for India. B Sumeeth Reddy/Manu Atri(seed 5) Arjun MR/Dhruv Kapila(seed 6) and Vishnu Goud Panchala/Krishna Garaga(seed 7) are the other Indian shuttlers going for glory.
The women's doubles will also see the experienced duo of Ashwini Ponappa/N Sikki Reddy take up the title challenge as the second seed. They will be joined by Gayatri Gopichand/Tressa Jolly(seed 7) and Shikha Gautam/Ashwini Bhat(seed 8).
Where will it be streamed?
The official Badminton Association of India (BAI) page and BWF official site will have regular updates. You can also catch live updates from The Bridge website itself on the day of the tournament.