The recently-concluded Swiss Open was the primary match of the yr to be a part of the Olympic qualification cycle and reigning badminton world champion P.V. Sindhu was the one Indian who managed to succeed in the ultimate.
London 2012 Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal was knocked out within the very first spherical of the Swiss Open. A nation can enter a most of two gamers for every occasion in singles if they’re ranked within the high 16 of the ‘Race to Tokyo’ rankings and Sindhu is already seventh, whereas Saina is at the moment nineteenth. She might be able to rise three spots to sixteenth and thus stand an opportunity at qualifying however then she additionally has to take care of that place.
Former males’s singles world No. 1 Kidambi Srikanth appears to have left behind his wretched run of kind that held him again for a lot of the final two years. Srikanth reached the semi-finals of the Swiss Open earlier than shedding to world No. 1 and eventual champion Viktor Axelsen.
Srikanth is at the moment thirteenth on the world rankings whereas Sai Praneeth, who received bronze on the 2019 World Championships, re-entered the highest 16 after his quarter-final end in Basel.
In males’s doubles, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty are sitting comfortably in tenth spot. They’re anticipated to be the one computerized qualifiers within the section from India as the following highest pair from the nation, Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy, are languishing in thirty fifth place.
“I really feel Srikanth, Sindhu, Chirag and Satwik will qualify. Srikanth and Sindhu’s rankings will enhance due to their performances in Swiss Open. From my perspective those who do properly in tournaments so near qualification will profit vastly,” mentioned four-time nationwide males’s doubles champion Uday Pawar.
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) and its member associations are scrambling to carry tournaments with the plethora of problems created by quarantine durations and normal working procedures amid the Covid-19 pandemic. It signifies that whereas for all means and functions the Olympic qualification calendar has restarted, there’s little to no certainty on whether or not tournaments shall be held as per schedule or not. A working example being the German Open Tremendous 300 match, which was a part of the qualification calendar, however was cancelled just below a month earlier than it was scheduled to be held.
The qualification calendar itself was prolonged from April 25 to June 15. All this, accompanied by potential clashes in dates and the uncertainty across the Asian Championships with about 5 tournaments left to play within the qualification calendar.
Whereas Pawar feels that Shetty and Rankireddy ought to try to keep themselves inside the high 8 so that they get a comparatively straightforward draw on the Olympics, it’s not but a misplaced trigger for Saina.
“It will not be potential for Saina to return into the highest 10 however she will be able to nonetheless break into the highest 10. Those that have already cemented themselves for qualification, could not take part in most of the upcoming tournaments as a result of they are going to simply look to organize for the Olympics. They are going to be massive for individuals who are chasing qualification or wish to enhance their rankings. For instance, my recommendation to Chirag and Satwik was to qualify for the Olympics inside the high 8 so that you simply get a greater draw,” mentioned Pawar.