After their victory at the Swiss Open, doubles champions Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty aim for continued success at the Madrid Spain Masters. Conversely, singles players PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth hope to regain their top form at the same tournament, set to start on Tuesday.
Satwik and Chirag claimed the first title for India this season by defeating China’s Ren Xiang Yu and Tan Qiang at the Swiss Open in Basel last week, and hope to add another Super 300 title to their names this week when they take on Japan’s Ayato Endo and Yuta Takei.
On the other hand, Sindhu has been struggling to perform since her long injury break, while Srikanth has been unable to maintain consistency. Both are looking to rediscover their winning touch in the upcoming tournament.
Sindhu, seeded second, is yet to cross the second round in the past few tournaments. She will begin her campaign against a qualifier and hopes to make it deep into the tournament rounds.
Srikanth, a former world number one, is seeded fifth and will play against Thailand’s Sitthikom Thammasin. National champion Mithun Manjunath will face Malaysia’s Ng Tze Yong in a showdown.
Other Indian players, Sameer Verma and B Sai Praneeth, will go head-to-head against Ireland’s Nhat Nguyen and Netherland’s Mark Caljouw, respectively.
In women’s singles, Malvika Bansod will take on Denmark’s Julie Dawall Jakobsen, while Aakarshi Kashyap will compete with Canada’s sixth seed Michelle Li. Saina Nehwal has a challenge at hand as she plays against third-seeded Thai player Busanan Ongbamrungphan.
In men’s doubles, MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila will compete against Scotland’s Christopher Grimley and Matthew Grimley, while Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala will play against a qualifier.