India's Kidambi Srikanth, Sameer Verma to miss out on Hong Kong Open Superseries
The 25-year-old Kidambi Srikanth had pulled out of the China Open after his doctor advised him a week's rest following a muscle strain.
New Delhi: After missing the China Open, Kidambi Srikanth has now decided to give next week's Hong Kong Superseries a miss to be in the best shape for the Dubai Superseries Final in December.
"Srikanth is much better. The injury has almost healed. But we wanted to ensure that he is 100 percent before he plays a tournament, not even 90 percent, so we decided to give him another week's rest. We want him to be very good in the tournament he plays," India physio C Kiran told PTI.
The 25-year-old had pulled out of the China Open after his doctor advised him a week's rest following a muscle strain.
The World No 2 Srikanth holds the numero uno status in the Destination Dubai ranking and will carry India's title hopes after being in rampaging form this season, where he won four titles after reaching five finals.
Among others, recovering from a shoulder injury, Sameer Verma too will sit out of the Hong Kong Open, while Ajay Jayaram had earlier pulled out of the tournament as he is recuperating from a hamstring injury.
Sameer had suffered a shoulder injury during the training and had pulled out of the Denmark Open, French Open and National Championship.
"My injury has healed and I am going through the rehabilitation now. I will start my rigorous on-court training next month," said Sameer, who had won the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold in January this year.
"I hope to regain my full fitness before the PBL (Premier Badminton League)," said the 23-year-old from Dhar.
Meanwhile, Singapore Open champion B Sai Praneeth will be back in action at Hong Kong Open after resting for a week.
"I had skipped the China Open to take rest. I will play in Hong Kong. The team is leaving today," he said.
The soft-spoken Indian ace was not known for her aggression till five years back and it was chief national coach Pullela Gopichand, who had transformed her into an aggressive player ahead of the Rio Games.
The world number seven Indian will next play Hong Kong's world number 34 Cheung Ngan Yi in the group stage.
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