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Srikanth, Saina look for good show at Australia Open

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SYDNEY, June 19: Newly-crowned Indonesia Open champion Kidambi Srikanth and title-holder Saina Nehwal will have their task cut out when they lead the Indian challenge at the Australia Super Series starting with the qualifiers here tomorrow.

With back-to-back finals, Srikanth is in sizzling form and he will start favourite when he starts his campaign against a qualifier on Wednesday.

�The Australian Open is the last tournament before the World Championship and I am looking forward to it. Indonesia Open is a big confidence-booster for me ahead and I would give my 100 per cent here. I hope there is a lot more to come,� Srikanth said.

HS Prannoy has been a revelation in Jakarta when he emerged as a world beater, displaying tremendous grit during his sensational wins over Olympic silver-medallist Lee Chong Wei and Rio gold-winner Chen Long.

His run was cut short by Kazumasa Sakai in the semifinals and Prannoy will look to avenge his heart-breaking defeat to the Japanese when he faces him in the qualifiers tomorrow. For London bronze-medallist Saina and Rio silver-winner PV Sindhu, a tough challenge awaits the duo as they lock horns with the finalists of Indonesia Open � Korean Sung Ji Hyun (Runners-up) and Japanese Sayaka Sato (Winner) in their opening round here. � PTI

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Srikanth, Saina look for good show at Australia Open

SYDNEY, June 19: Newly-crowned Indonesia Open champion Kidambi Srikanth and title-holder Saina Nehwal will have their task cut out when they lead the Indian challenge at the Australia Super Series starting with the qualifiers here tomorrow.

With back-to-back finals, Srikanth is in sizzling form and he will start favourite when he starts his campaign against a qualifier on Wednesday.

�The Australian Open is the last tournament before the World Championship and I am looking forward to it. Indonesia Open is a big confidence-booster for me ahead and I would give my 100 per cent here. I hope there is a lot more to come,� Srikanth said.

HS Prannoy has been a revelation in Jakarta when he emerged as a world beater, displaying tremendous grit during his sensational wins over Olympic silver-medallist Lee Chong Wei and Rio gold-winner Chen Long.

His run was cut short by Kazumasa Sakai in the semifinals and Prannoy will look to avenge his heart-breaking defeat to the Japanese when he faces him in the qualifiers tomorrow. For London bronze-medallist Saina and Rio silver-winner PV Sindhu, a tough challenge awaits the duo as they lock horns with the finalists of Indonesia Open � Korean Sung Ji Hyun (Runners-up) and Japanese Sayaka Sato (Winner) in their opening round here. � PTI