Saina Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap and HS Prannoy out of Indonesia Open

India’s recent Thomas Cup hero HS Prannoy along with star badminton duo Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap made a late comeback from the Indonesian Open Super Series 500 event starting here on Tuesday.

India’s first Olympic medalist shuttler Saina has decided not to play citing workload management while Kashyap is yet to regain fitness after recovering from a hamstring injury.

“I had a hamstring injury just before the selection trial and it took seven weeks to heal, then I had a problem with my ankle,” Kashyap told PTI.

“I am fine now. But I need to get my fitness back. Hopefully I can play some of the next four matches.

“Saina withdrew because there are so many tournaments so she thought it would be better if she plays next week and skips it. She is fine,” said Kashyap.

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Prannoy, who played a key role in India’s historic win in the Thomas Cup last month, also pulled out to focus on the next four events on the tour.

“I will skip this Indonesia event. I’ll play next. I am in good shape. Looking forward to the next few weeks,” Prannoy said.

The men’s team touched a new high with their Thomas Cup exploits where India He won his first title by defeating 14-time champion Indonesia.

But after the exit of Srikanth, Kashyap and Prannoy, the Indian team will be sorely missed in the men’s section.

Srikanth had earlier pulled out and top-ranked Indian shuttler and World Championships bronze medalist Lakshya Sen will take India’s hopes forward in the men’s singles.

The men’s singles draw features a second Indian in the form of Sameer Verma who faces a qualifier to start his campaign.

In his absence, Sen and PV Sindhu will focus on topping the preparations for the Commonwealth Games, starting July 28.

World No. 9 Sen, seeded seventh, will take on Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Solberg Wittingus in a tough first round.

The top-ranked Indian has a 0-2 one-on-one record against Christian.

Sen last faced him at the Denmark Open in 2020 when he lost his pre-quarterfinals to home favourites. The 20-year-old will be eager to improve his record against Christian.

In Saina’s absence, Sindhu is the only Indian in the women’s singles main draw.

Double Olympic medalist Sindhu will have all eyes on her side after her semi-final exit at the Thailand Open. She will take on Denmark’s Line Kristofferson.

In men’s doubles, Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will face local players Pramudya Kusumavardhan and Yeremiah Erich Yoche Yakub Rambitan.

There are two Indian pairs in the women’s doubles category.

22nd seeded Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy found themselves in the top half and opened their campaign against Brazil’s Jacqueline Lima and Samia Lima.

The Indian pair will face a potentially tough fight against the top seeded Chinese pair of Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan in the second round.

Simran Singhi and Ritika Thakar are the other Indian pair in the main draw, and will face South Korea’s Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan in the opening match of the tournament.

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