Sen and Srikkanth, the top two Indians in the world ranking in eighth and eleventh respectively, will battle it out for the second time in their careers.
Sen was the best Indian featured on the recently closed Denmark Open but he had lost to Japan’s lowest ranked Kodai Naraoka in the quarterfinals.
In their previous match-up, Srikkanth had defeated Sen in a hard-fought match en route to winning historic silver at the 2021 World Championships.
The winner between the two Indians is likely to face Danish number two in the world, Anders Antonsen, in the next round of the World Tour 750 event.
HS Prannoy, the most consistent player in the recent past, has an easy first round against Malaysia’s Daren Liew, against whom the Indian holds a 7-4 head-to-head record.
World number 13 Prannoy unfortunately met Sen in the second round of Denmark Open. This time, he has potential big challengers in fifth seed Kento Momota and fourth seed Chou Tien Chen in the later rounds as he gets past the first hurdle.
Prannoy ended a seven-game losing streak against Japan’s No. 9 Momota at the 2022 World Championships and he would try to continue his winning momentum.
Olympic bronze medalist Saina Nehwal takes it on Yvonne Lic of Germany in her women’s singles opening round. Saina defeated the German in their only meeting which took place in 2020.
Commonwealth Games winning men’s doubles, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, are the only seeded (7th) Indians in the fray and are in the same quarter as Japan’s top-class duo Takuro Hoki and Yuo Kobayashi.
The other Indian doubles pair, MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila, will face the fifth seed Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto from Indonesia.
Treesa Jolly-Gayatri Gopichand and Ishaan Bhatnagar-Tanisha Crasto are also competing in the women’s doubles and mixed doubles respectively.