Former champion Saina Nehwal will not return to Chinese Taipei World Tour Super 300 beginning on Tuesday, 11 years after winning a title there. Nehwal announced her withdrawal from the tournament on Monday.
Meanwhile, Sourabh Verma will look to find his best form. He had a title win in 2016 and will look to repeat his feat. On a comeback trail since regaining fitness, former top 10 player HS Prannoy is another Indian shuttler to look out for, especially after his victory over Chinese legend Lin Dan at the recent World Championship in Basel, Switzerland.
Nehwal was scheduled to face Korea’s An Se Young in the opening round and was the favourite to lift the trophy despite the presence of Canada’s Michelle Li, USA’s Beiwen Zhang and Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun among others.
In men’s singles, Sourabh will look to continue his momentum following his triumph at the Hyderabad Open. The Madhya Pradesh shuttler will open his campaign against Japan’s Kazumasa Sakai.
Among others, currently ranked 27th, Prannoy, who lost a lot of time after suffering a stomach problem late last year, will meet local favourite Wang Tzu Wei in the first round.
Third seed Sameer Verma, who had clinched three titles last year, will lock horns with Malaysia’s Daren Liew.
Women’s doubles pair of Aparna Balan and Prajakta Sawant too are in the fray. They will take on sixth seeds Chow Mei Kuan and Lee Meng Yean of Malaysia in the first round.
Corrections and Clarifications: This article was updated after Saina Newhal pulled out of the Chinese Taipei World Tour Super 300.