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Indian aces PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy will eye a return to form while doubles duo Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will look to carry their winning momentum at the Japan Open 2023 badminton tournament from July 25 to 30 in Tokyo. Prannoy will face a stiff test in the first round as he faces Li Shi Feng and the Canada Open winner will face another Indian talent in Priyanshu Rajawat.

Prannoy and Feng have faced off twice with both matches going in the favour of the Indian with their last game coming at the 2023 Malaysia Masters where Prannoy won 13-21 21-16 21-11. Sen will be looking to continue his red-hot form and fight for his third title of the year. Sen and Rajawat haven’t faced off yet and it will be interesting to see how it will play out between the two Indians.

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Kidambi Srikanth also has a tough matchup against Taiwanese Chou Tien Chen in the first round itself. These two have faced seven times and Chen has dominated the 30-year-old with six wins. The only time when Srikanth won was nine years ago in the 2014 Hong Kong Open. PV Sindhu will face Zhang Yi Man in the first round and they have faced twice with each taking a win each.

PV Sindhu will hope to advance deep into the BWF Super 750 tournament as the former world champion has had a disappointing season so far, exiting in the opening round in six of the 12 BWF tournaments this year. As a result, Sindhu has dropped to world No. 17 in the badminton rankings, her worst in a decade.

World No.3 Satwik-Chirag pair will face Leo Rolly Carnando and Daniel Martin in the first round and will hope to continue their form. Among other Indians in the fray, MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila will square up against fourth-seeded Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik of Malaysia in the men’s doubles. In the women’s doubles, the Birmingham Commonwealth Games bronze medal-winning pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand will take on local favorites Sayaka Hobara and Yui Suizu.