Indonesia Masters: PV Sindhu eyes podium finish; Saina Nehwal, Sameer Verma pull out due to injuries
Sindhu, who had claimed a bronze at the Tokyo Olympics to go with her Rio silver medal, reached the quarterfinals and semifinals at Denmark and France before skipping the Hylo Open in Germany.
Saina Nehwal was trailing 21-11, 9-2 against Japan's Sayaka Takahashi in her women's singles clash when she decided to concede.
Also in action will be Saina Nehwal, who has recovered from her groin injury, which had forced her to retire midway through her first match at the Uber Cup Final last week.
Tanisha and Rutaparna then combined to put India ahead, beating the pair of Julie Machperson and Ciara Torrance 21-11, 21-8.
The men's team will take on Netherlands later in the day.
BAI on Sunday named a 12-member Indian team for the Sudirman Cup, which is slated to take place from September 26 to October 3 in Finland.
Sindhu, the reigning world champion, on Sunday became only the second Indian and first woman from the country to claim two Olympics medals, after she won a bronze in Tokyo.
Many chided Saina for purportedly encouraging an unhealthy lifestyle by promoting the fizzy drink and even compared her to footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.
Saina Nehwal congratulates Yogi on BJP win in UP local polls; RLD chief calls her 'sarkari shuttler'
The BJP on Saturday claimed to have swept the elections to the posts of the district panchayat chief even as the SP alleged that the ruling party "kidnapped" voters and used "force" to stop them from
Battling injuries and indifferent form, Saina, 31, couldn't make her fourth Olympics after the sport's governing body, BWF, cancelled the last three qualifiers due to the pandemic.
Former world no 1 Srikanth and London Games bronze-medallist Saina's hopes were all but dashed when the last of the Olympic qualifiers in Singapore was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Given that this was the final qualifying event, all the shuttlers including Saina and Srikanth had been desperately hoping to be part of it.
As things stand, PV Sindhu, B Sai Praneeth, and doubles duo of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy have made the Olympics cut.
Amazon Prime Video took to Instagram and announced the digital premiere of the recently released Bollywood sports biopic, 'Saina'.
India's top badminton player Saina Nehwal singled out India cricketer Washington Sundar's batting for special praise.