India Open 2023 Badminton Entry List: PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen to lead Indian campaign
The Indian campaign at the 2023 India Open will be headlined by the defending champion Lakshya Sen, Olympic medallist PV Sindhu and the doubles pairing of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty
The World No 1 Viktor Axelsen of Denmark and the reigning Olympic champion Chen Yufei are also expected to play at the 2023 India Open, set to take place in New Delhi from the seventh to the 22nd of January.
The India Open used to be a BWF Super 500 event but has now been elevated to Super 750 by the Badminton World Federation. The tournament is the second BWF World Tour 2023 calendar event and will be played at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium.
Indian ace PV Sindhu is expected to spearhead the Indian challenge in the women's singles event and be fit from her injury before the event.
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Former world champions Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand and Nozomi Okuhara of Japan, alongside Chen Yufei, An Se-Young of South Korea and Akane Yamaguchi of Japan, will also be competing in the women's singles event.
Defending Indian champion Lakshya Sen and Kidami Srikanth will be headlining the Indian challenge in the men's singles category. The World No 2 Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia, Anders Antonsen of Denmark and Kento Momota of Japan have also confirmed their presence at the event.
The World No 7 Indian men's duo of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy won their maiden India Open doubles title last year after beating Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan of Indonesia in the championship match. They will be keen to defend their title next year successfully.
The Badminton Association of India has announced that the spectators will be welcomed back at the upcoming edition after the previous edition was held behind closed doors due to COVID-19.
Secretary of the Badminton Association of India, Sanjay Mishra, said, "We are thrilled to have such responses and big names fighting for the titles in the upcoming edition. The upgraded Super 750 status also makes this event grandeur in every possible way, and we look forward to a mega week full of exciting badminton action."
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