India shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth will look to arrest their slump in form when they begin their campaign at the Australia Open badminton tournament here on Tuesday.
The $420,000 event, which has been upgraded to a Super 500 tournament, will be the last chance for Sindhu and Srikanth to regain their touch ahead of the World Championships to be held in Copenhagen.
The 2019 world champion, Sindhu hasn’t looked the part since her recovery from an injury as she has repeatedly made early exits in as many as seven of the 12 BWF World Tour events this year.
A lot has happened this year for Sindhu as she parted ways with Korea’s Park Tae-Sang, worked with SAI coach Vidhi Chaudhary before zeroing in on new coach Muhammad Hafiz Hashim, the 2003 All-England champion.
The two-time Olympic medallist will hope to find her best self with the help of Hashim and try out some of her tricks when she takes on compatriot Ashmita Chaliha in the opening round here.
Srikanth too has not been in the best of forms. He showed glimpses of his best when he thrashed Taiwan’s Chou Tien Chen with his trademark attacking game at Japan Open before losing to HS Prannoy.
The former world No.1 will have to curb his errors when he takes the court against Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto.
Prannoy, Lakshya Sen and the world No. 2 pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty have been the most consistent performers this season.
With four titles, Satwik and Chirag have been the talk of the town but the duo have decided to skip the event to prepare for the World Championships (August 21 to 27).
Prannoy and Sen have been the only other Indians to win titles this season and they have also been consistent. At world No. 10, Prannoy is currently the best-placed Indian singles player and has made three quarter finals, besides claiming the Malaysia Masters Super 500 title.