With Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap withdrawing from the tournament at the eleventh hour, all eyes will be on Srikanth and Lakshya as they resume their title hunt at the Super 750 event.
“I don’t see me and Saina hitting top form for a month, at least. But, we hope to be ready by January, when tournaments resume,” Kashyap said.
The Badminton World Federation postponed the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals (3-11 Oct), three events in Asia (in November) to 2021 and also cancelled the Denmark Masters (20-25 Oct).
Saina Nehwal begins training at Hyderabad facility, to join national camp at SAI Pullela Gopichand Academy soon
Former world No 1 Saina has, for the time being, decided to train with shuttler husband Parupalli Kashyap and 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist RMV Gurusaidutt at a different centre near the Gopichand academy.
"Remember how everybody said cricket will not be the same anymore when Sachin retired? I think it is a bit like that with Lin Dan's retirement," Prannoy said.
Vijender Singh, Sanjeev Rajput, Srihari Nataraj, other stars plead for caution as discussion rages on whether competitions can resume
Some sports stars across disciplines wanted the waiting period to continue before resuming competitions, while others spoke about the loss it would cause to fitness and readiness.
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty and men's singles player Sameer Verma were on Tuesday recommended for the Arjuna award
Coronavirus Outbreak: Indian shuttlers slam BWF's revised calendar, say cramped schedule could lead to injuries
Indian shuttlers, including Olympic medallist Saina Nehwal, on Friday questioned the rationale behind scheduling 22 events in just five months in a revised BWF calendar, saying the "stupid" planning will increase the injury risk.
Indian men's singles shuttler HS Prannoy had won the US Open in 2017, beating compatriot Parupalli Kashyap in the final
Coronavirus Outbreak: World Badminton Championships bronze medallist B Sai Praneeth donates Rs 4 lakhs for fight against COVID-19
Praneeth, who is assured of a place in the postponed Tokyo Games, donated Rs 3 lakh to PM Relief Fund and 1 lakh for Telangana CM Relief Fund
Coronavirus Outbreak: India chief national coach Pullela Gopichand takes online video lessons for shuttlers during lockdown
Apart from Gopichand, Jamshedpur-born trainer Dinaz Vervatwala, who has worked with London Olympics bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal, is also taking fitness classes for the Indian shuttlers via Zoom app
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Indian badminton players urge BWF to freeze ranking, seek clarity over qualification for postponed Games
Now with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) postponing the Olympics to next year, badminton players believe it's time BWF immediately freeze the ranking.
Coronavirus pandemic: Parupalli Kashyap expresses disappointment over BWF not freezing players' ranking in wake of COVID-19
Kashyap and his wife and star shuttler Saina Nehwal, who was chasing a berth at the Tokyo Games, had earlier suggested that the qualification period for the Tokyo Olympics be extended in the light of tournaments getting cancelled due to coronavirus.
Coronavirus Outbreak: Indian shuttlers express shock over reports of Taiwanese player testing positive
Indian shuttlers expressed shock after reports emerged that a sparring partner of the Taiwanese national team, who was present during the All England Championship, tested positive for the coronavirus.
IOC, you're joking, right? fumes Parupalli Kashyap after world body urges athletes to prepare for Tokyo Olympics
Kashyap, who is currently ranked World No 25, is in self-isolation following his return from Birmingham after participating at the All England Championship.
Coronavirus pandemic: Top Indian shuttlers join Denmark's Hans-Kristian Vittinghus, slam BWF for going ahead with tournaments
The Badminton World Federation has maintained that it has no plans to make any adjustments to the regulations related to the Tokyo Games qualification period and that other events will go as per schedule
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Saina Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap urge BWF to extend qualification period amid virus threat
Saina Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap have urged badminton’s governing body to reconsider its decision not to extend the qualification period for the Tokyo Games despite several events being cancelled due to the virus
Besides Yufei, world number eight He Bingjiao and former All England champion Shi Yu Qi are the other stars of the Chinese squad who are expected to compete at the India Open
Barcelona Masters 2020: Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth look to keep Olympic hopes alive with good showing in Super 300 tournament
London bronze medallist Saina, who is looking to make her fourth Olympics, will begin her campaign here against Germany's Yvonne Li
PBL 2020: Upbeat Bengaluru Raptors face Awadhe Warriors in must-win final league match for last semi-final spot
While World No 2 Tai Tzu Ying has been Bengaluru's talisman and has remained unbeaten so far, it is B Sai Praneeth who played a pivotal role in their win