After winning first title at Korea Open Super Series, India is sending a big contingent with all top players to make an effort to win 1st title at Japan Open Super Series to be held from Sept 19 to Sept 24. The 3S of Saina, Srikanth and Sindhu lead 16-member Indian contingent. India’s best finish has been the 2011 semifinals by Saina Nehwal. Check the initial schedule of Indian contingent for 2017 Japan Open Super Series.
Indian Record at Japan Open
SF: Saina Nehwal (2011)
QF: Srikanth Kidambi (2016), Kashyap (2015), Ajay Jayaram, HS Prannoy, Srikanth Kidambi (2013)
No QF for Doubles teams.
7 Indians will participate in Men’s Singles, 2 in Women’s Singles, 2 teams in Men’s Doubles and 1 team each in Women’s and Mixed Doubles event. Minatsu Mitani has defeated Sindhu in Japan Open 2015 Round 1 and Saina Nehwal in Round 2.
Squad and Schedule
Men’s Singles: 8th seed Srikanth Kidambi, Ajay Jayaram, Parupalli Kashyap, HS PRannoy, Sai Praneeth, Sameer Verma, Sourabh Verma
Sept 19: Parupalli Kashyap to play qualifiers on
Sourabh Verma vs 7th seed Lin Dan (China). Sourabh lost at India Open 2016.
Sai Praneeth vs Qualifier
8th seed Srikanth Kidambi vs Tian Houwei (China). Srikanth trails 1-6, winning at Asia Team Championship 2016
HS Prannoy vs Anders Antonsen (Denmark)
Sameer Verma vs Qualifier
Women’s Singles: Saina and Sindhu
First round wins can ensure another Sindhu vs Nozomi Okuhara match in Round 2 and Saina vs 5th seed Carolina Marin in Round 2.
Sindhu vs Saina is also possible if both reach semifinals.
4th seed Sindhu vs Minatsu Mitani (Japan), Both are tied 1-1 in career meet.
Saina Nehwal vs Pornpawee Chochuwong (Thailand). Saina leads 2-0 winning both matches in 2017
None in Main Round
Sept 19 Qualification
Manu Attri / Sumeeth Reddy vs Malaysian pair
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy / Chirag Shetty vs Japanese pair
Women’s Doubles: Ashwini Ponnappa / Sikki Reddy vs 3rd seed Korean pair
Mixed Doubles: Pranaav Jerry Chopra / Sikki Reddy vs 5th seed Thailand pair