Saina, Srikanth eye good start

Saina, Srikanth eye good start

Saina, Srikanth eye good start

Two-time winner Saina Nehwal and defending champion K Srikanth will look to put behind the disappointing outing at the All England Championships and train their guns on the Swiss Open GP Gold starting with the qualifiers here on Tuesday.

Top seed Saina, who clinched the title in 2011 and 2012, will start her campaign to complete a hat-trick when she lock horns with Germany’s Karin Schnaase in the opening round of women’s singles competition.

World No 10 Srikanth will also look to etch his name on the trophy for the second time and add another title to his kitty after his triumph at the Syed Modi GP Gold in Lucknow in January this year. The Indian, seeded third, will open his campaign against Muhammad Bayu Pangisthu of Indonesia.

Saina had lost in the quarterfinal while Srikanth’s campaign ended in the second round in Birmingham.

Among five other Indians in the fray in men’s singles, B Sai Praneeth will enjoy his share of attention after his gaint-killing act at the All England championship last week, where he stunned former World No 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia. Praneeth will open his campaign against Lucas Corvee of France.

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