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Update Olympic hopefuls Kidambi Srikanth, Saina Nehwal receive decent draws at Denmark Open

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Olympic hopefuls Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal were on Wednesday handed decent draws at the Denmark Open Super 750 tournament which will mark the restart of the adjusted international calendar after a coronavirus-forced hiatus of seven months.

Former world number one Saina and Srikanth will resume their hunt for valuable ranking points to inch closer to their Tokyo Olympics dreams when the USD 750,000 tournament, the only event to take place since the All England Championship, begins on October 13.

Srikanth, a Rio Olympics quarterfinalist, will open against England's Toby Penty and may face fellow Indian Subhankar Dey in the second round. Subhankar will take on Canada's Jason Anthony Ho-Shue in the first round.

The world number 14 Indian, a title-winner here in 2017, may face second-seed Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan in the quarterfinals if he can register two wins in the earlier rounds.

For world number 20 Saina, France's Yaelle Hoyaux awaits her in the women's singles opener and she is likely to meet local favourite Mia Blichfeldt, seventh seed, next.

If the 2012 London Olympics bronze medallist crosses the hurdle, she is expected to face fourth seeded Michelle Li from Canada.


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