PV Sindhu aims to end Malaysia Masters winless streak ahead of Olympics

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Ahead of the Paris Olympics, two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu will lead India in the Malaysia Masters, which begins on Tuesday. The former world champion will skip the UberCup and Thailand Open to focus on progressing in the BWF World Tour Super 500 women’s singles. The 28-year-old has struggled to get back to her best since suffering a knee injury last October. Sindhu won the Malaysia Masters in 2013 and 2016. She is ranked fifth in the women’s singles and will face world number 22 Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland on Wednesday.

This will be the 28-year-old’s ninth tournament this year since returning from injury at the Badminton Asia Team Championships in February – she last won at the 2022 Singapore Open.

Junior players Ashmita Chaliha, Unnati Hooda and Aakarshi Kashyap will join Sindhu in the women’s singles main draw.

Last year’s Malaysia Masters men’s singles winner HS Prannoy will not be defending his title this time. Lakshya Sen and Kidambi Srikanth have both withdrawn. In their absence, world number 36 Kiran George will lead the Indian men’s singles team.

The top two BWF world ranked men’s doubles players, India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who won the Thailand Open 2024 last week, will also not be taking part in the tournament.

Krishna Prasad Garaga and Sai Prateek K will be the only Indian pair competing in the men’s doubles for Malaysia.

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