NAGPUR: Saina and Srikanth have to play hard inorder to defend their titles in the China Open Super Series Premier which will get underway at the Haixia Olympic Sports Centre in Fuzhou on Tuesday.
However, Saina, Srikanth, Ajay will be facing the chinese wall in the tournament. They have to breach the tough chinese wall this season too to defent their titles in the Chinese Open 2015.
Last year it is remarkable to note, both Saina and Srikanth won their respective singles encounters. A history to rekone with times ahead.
The major upset in the tournament, last year was the victory of Srikanth over Chinese legend Lin Dan in the men’s singles final, that too in straight games.
Although Saina, now ranked 2nd in the world rankings, is seeded No. 1 here. Saina will clash with Sun Yu of China in her opening round.
Saina has a solid 4-1 record against Sun Yu of China who is curently ranked world No. 11.
If Saina wins the first two rounds, she will run into Ratchanok Intanon in the quarterfinals. Saina lost in the French Open 2015 in her previous tournament.
PV Sindhu is in the bottom half of the 32-player draw will take on Russia’s Ksenia Polikarpova in the first round. If Sindhu clears the first round, she will meet Wang Shixian in her second round.
“The draw is fine for me. I have to give my best to make progress in the tough field. I have an equal record against Shixian,” said Sindhu.
The draw is tough for all the three Indians particularly Ajay Jayaram. Ajay faces top seed Chen Long in Round 1. It is noteable that Ajay lost to Chen Long in the Korea Open Super Series 2015 finals against the Chinese few months ago.
“I played him (Long) in the Korean Open final but lost. Definitely it is a tough opener, but I am feeling positive and am looking forward to the big challenge,” said Ajay after Monday’s practice session.