Newly-crowned national champions Saina Nehwal and H S Prannoy will look to enhance their chances of qualifying for the Dubai Super Series Finals with a good performance at the USD 700,000 China Open Superseries Premier starting in China tomorrow, Tuesday, November 13.
The 27-year-old Saina, a former world number one, got the better of Sindhu, the Olympic and World Championship silver medallist, 21-17, 27-25 in a pulsating summit clash that lasted 54 minutes.
Second seed HS Prannoy, who achieved a career-best World No. 11 ranking last week, saw off top seed World No 2 Kidambi Srikanth 21-15, 16-21, 21-7 in a 49-minute battle to win the men's singles title in the 82nd edition of the tournament.
Both Saina and Prannoy are ranked 11th in the Destination Dubai Ranking and are racing against time to book a berth at next month’s Super Series Final with just two Super Series events — China Open and Hong Kong Open — left in the calender.
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will take on fifth-seeded Chinese combo of Liu Cheng and Zhang Nan.
National champions Ashwini and Sikki will cross swords with the Korean combo of Ha Na Baek and Chae Yoo Jung in women’s doubles.
In the qualifiers on Tuesday, national champions Satwiksairaj and Ashwini will look to make it to the main draw when they face Chinese Taipei’s Lee Jhe-Huei and Wu Ti Jung.
In men’s singles, Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap will begin his campaign in the qualifiers, taking on China’s Guo Kai.