Sindhu to open Olympics campaign against Polikarpova Ksenia of Israel


World champion P V Sindhu will open her campaign in the Tokyo Olympics against Polikarpova Ksenia of Israel on July 25.

Sindhu, who had lost to Spains Carolina Marin in the 2016 Olympics final, has been clubbed in an easy Group J, also comprising Hong Kongs Cheung Ngan Yi.

Ngan Yi is ranked 34th in the world while Polikarpova is 58th.

World number 7 Sindhu is seeded sixth in the tournament. The Tokyo Games organisers on Wednesday issued the schedule of the first two days of competition. In mens singles, B Sai Praneeth will face Misha Zilberman of Israel in his opening Group D match on the first day of competitions on July 24. The Indian is seeded sixth.


In the singles, the top player from every group will advance to the knock-out round. The world no. 10 mens doubles pairing of Satwiksairaj Ranki Reddy and Chirag Shetty will take on Chinese Taipei duo of Lee Yang and Wng Chi-Lin in their opening Group A match.

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