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.
The 25-year-old from Madhya Pradesh, who had won three titles to qualify for the 2018 World Tour finals, beat the Korean 21-14 21-12 in 54 minutes in the men's singles opening round here.
The 27-year-old from Madhya Pradesh will lock horns with 33-year-old Tommy Sugiarto, a bronze winner at the 2014 World Championships.
World no 14 Srikanth is expected to meet world no 1 and top seeded Japanese Kento Momota in the second round, while Sameer will face Denmark's third seed Anders Antonsen in all probability.
B Sai Praneeth began the proceedings with a 21-5 21-6 win over Louis Beaubois in the just 23 minutes in the opening singles.
It was sweet revenge for Chinese Taipei's Tzu Ying, who had lost to Sindhu most recently in the Rio Olympic Games.