Fresh from her victory at the Korea Open Super Series badminton tournament, Rio Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu will aim to continue her rich vein of form when she heads into the Japan Open, which gets underway here later today.
Sindhu, who is seeded fourth in the tournament, will have to be at her menacing best to get through world No. 19 Minatsu Mitani in the opening round of the women's singles event.
Though the Japanese lost to PV Sindhu in the quarter-finals in Seoul last week, she cannot be taken lightly at any cost. Minatsu was out of action for three months until Korea Open but the Japanese player knows how to win Superseries and Grand Prix tournaments, having done so in the past. Interestingly, she had also claimed the bronze at the 2014 World Championships along with Sindhu.
PV Sindhu, however, could once again set up a clash against Okuhara in the second round of Japan Open if she overcomes the 26-year-old Mitani.
Meanwhile, Saina Nehwal, who missed the Korea Open because of a slight thigh strain, has recovered from the injury and is all set to be back in action.
(Input from ANI)