Indian’s had a forgetful outing at the recently concluded Victor Denmark Open championship. The best was from Sindhu and Sameer Verma, both of them managed to reach the quarterfinals.
Sindhu who was playing her first tournament after the Olympics was not at her attacking best. The two-time Olympic medalist struggled to beat Thailand's Busanan Ongbamrungphan to book a place in the last eight.
The 2019 world champion was up against the Korean youngster An Seyoung in the quarterfinals of the Danish open. The Korean read Sindhu’s game well and did not allow her to play as per plan. Sindhu stuttered.
At the BWF Super 750 French Open the Indian Ace will be up against Julie Dawall Jakobsen of Denmark in the round of 16.
The 2018 Swiss Open winner Sameer Verma had a stunning run at the Denmark Open and will be keen to carry the form in Paris.
Sameer Verma who stunned world no.3 Anders Antonsen in pre-quarters retired due to calf injury in the quarterfinals against Tommy Sugiarto. The 25-year-old Indian will have to be in top form as he faces the sixth seed, Jonathan Christie.
Former world no.1 Saina Nehwal who pulled out from the Uber Cup due to groin injury faltered in the opening round of the Denmark Open will be eyeing to make a winning start at the French Open. Saina plays Sayaka Takahashi of Japan in the opener.
Srikanth Kidambi, a former French Open winner is not going through a bad phase in his career will play the top seed Kento Momota in the opener and will be looking at avenging last week’s loss.
In other matches, Parupalli Kashyap, another of those injured athletes plays home boy Brice Leverdez. Youngster Lakshya Sen takes on Sai Praneeth, HS Prannoy will take on the fourth seed Chou Tien Chen.
Men’s doubles pair of Satwik and Chirag take on Lee Jhe-Huei and Yang Po-Hsuan of Chinese Taipei, Sumeeth Reddy and Manu Attri play Ko Sung Hyun and Shin Baekcheol from Korea. Satwik again pairs up with Ashwini Ponnappa in the mixed doubles and takes on Denmark’s Mathias Thyrri and Mai Surrow.
Women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy have their task cut out as they are facing the top seeds Lee Sohee and Shin Seungchan of Korea. Meghana Jakkampudi and S Ram Poorvisha will fight it out against Netherlands' Alyssa Tirtosentono and Imke Van Der Aar.