Focus can be on double Olympic medallist P V Sindhu and World Championships bronze winner Lakshya Sen because the Indian badminton contingent resumes its quest for a medal on the Thomas and Uber Cup Ultimate starting on Sunday. No Indian males’s workforce has ever received a medal within the Thomas Cup, having failed to achieve the semifinal even as soon as. However the girls had two semifinal finishes in successive editions of the Uber Cup to clinch two bronze medals in 2014 and 2016. Final yr, each the boys’s and ladies’s groups signed off their campaigns on the quarterfinal stage.
This time, India boasts of a robust males’s workforce comprising world quantity 9 Sen, world quantity 11 Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy, ranked twenty third on the earth, in singles.
The doubles can be led by world quantity 9 pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, whereas the mix of MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila, and that of Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala are additionally a part of the workforce.
Given a strong workforce and a beneficial draw, Indian males will look to make the golden alternative depend as they open the marketing campaign towards Germany in group C which additionally contains Chinese language Taipei and Canada.
The ladies’s workforce, nevertheless, was left depleted following the withdrawals of the skilled doubles pair of N Sikki Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa and fast-rising Gayatri Gopichand.
Each Sikki and Gayatri are nursing accidents and have been suggested relaxation.
Of their absence, the onus can be on the shoulders of upcoming doubles gamers resembling Tanisha Crasto, Shruti Mishra, Simran Singhi, Ritika Thaker and Treesa Jolly. Within the girls’s singles, world quantity 7 Sindhu must do the heavy lifting as the opposite two singles gamers Aakarshi Kashyap and younger Unnati Hooda lack expertise however will look to supply present. They’d made it to the squad following a rigorous choice trial.
With some key gamers lacking, will probably be powerful for the ladies’s workforce to get previous group D members South Korea, Canada and United States and win a medal.
In accordance with the format, a complete of 16 groups have been drawn into 4 teams of 4 with the highest two groups advancing to the knockout stage.
Of all of the group C members, Indian males will face the hardest competitors from Chinese language Taipei, who boasts of world quantity 4 Chou Tien Chen, in addition to the world quantity 3 doubles pairing of Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin.
For ladies, Korea can be a troublesome competitor, boasting of world quantity 4 An Seyoung, world quantity 19 Kim Gaeun and world quantity 46 Sim Yujin, whereas Michelle Li is the highest participant for Canada, who would possibly show to be a tough buyer.
Defending champion Indonesia are probably the most profitable workforce within the Thomas Cup with 14 males’s titles, whereas China has 15 Uber Cup crowns of their kitty.
“We now have the perfect probability to win Thomas Cup this time. We now have three respectable singles and one doubles pair at par with the perfect and we simply need to guarantee that they’re all pumped up, all of them are able to beating the perfect,” former India coach Vimal Kumar instructed PTI.
“I can perceive, it’s troublesome for the ladies’s workforce however the males’s workforce has probability.”
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