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Badminton: Sindhu looks to break title jinx at Indonesia Open, Srikanth eyes good return from injury

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A title has eluded Sindhu ever since she stood on the podium with the gold medal at the World Tour Finals last December.
'Rejuvenated after a month’s break, Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu will look to produce the goods and break this season’s title drought when she spearheads the Indian campaign at the 1,250,000 Indonesia Open BWF World Tour Super 1000, PTI reported. A title has eluded Sindhu ever since she stood on the podium with the gold medal at the World Tour Finals last December. Sindhu has not looked her usual self as she failed to reach a single final so far this season and has made it to only two semi-finals in six tournaments. The fifth seeded Indian will have her first final of the season in sight when she opens against Japan’s Aya Ohori on Wednesday. However, it will be easier said than done as another Japanese Nozomi Okuhara stands on her way to the quarter-finals. “It has not been really great. I think I have to do much better. I have worked on mental as well as physical fitness. I have been working out on my skills a lot more,” Sindhu had said recently. Saina Nehwal, the only Indian to win a title this season at Malaysia Masters earlier in the year, has been suffering from multiple injuries and will not feature in the prestigious tournament. In men’s singles,.. Read more'

Badminton: After runner-up finish in Canada, Kashyap leads India’s challenge at US Open

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The 32-year-old will take on the promising Lakshya Sen, a 2018 Asian Junior Champion, in the opening round.
'Two years ago, Parupalli Kashyap had signed off second best after being trumped by HS Prannoy in an enthralling all-Indian final at the US Open. Now, Kashyap will look to do one better in the tournament, starting with the qualifiers on Tuesday, PTI reported. He will be high on confidence after finishing runners-up at the Canada Open on Sunday . The former Commonwealth Games champion will once again be at the forefront as he leads the Indian challenge at the $150,000 BWF World Tour Super 300 tournament. The 32-year-old, a former top 10 player, has shown great fitness on his way to the final at Calgary, where he played four three-game matches. He will take on the promising Lakshya Sen, a 2018 Asian Junior Champion, in the opening round. Prannoy, who had stayed back at Calgary to help Kashyap with on-court coaching and also acted as his physio, will look for a good outing after an early exit at the Canada Open. The 26-year-old, who had won the tournament in 2017, has been seeded second and he will start against a tricky opponent in Japan’s Yu Igarashi. National champion Sourabh Verma, too, will hope to hang around for the weekend when he begins against England’s Toby Penty, while Ajay Jayaram will meet fourth.. Read more'