The seventh seeded Indian, who won two bronze in 2016 and 2020 Asia Team Championships but failed to secure an individual medal, will aim to grab the opportunity this time when he opens against Malaysia's NG Tze Yong.
World championships silver winner Kidambi Srikanth too has been in good touch though he has been guilty of not able to close out some tight matches.
China currently holds the most medals, followed by South Korea and Indonesia.
Saina has been on a comeback trial after recovering from some nagging injuries and had skipped the selection trials for the upcoming major events such as Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Uber Cup.
2022 Thomas & Uber Cup
The fast-rising pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand, who won the recent selection trials to make it to the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Uber Cup as well as the seeded pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy withdrew due to injury.
Badminton Asia Championships kick off in Muntinlupa
In women's doubles, India will lack the punch following the withdrawls of N Sikki Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa, and Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand.
Description: Among others, Aakarshi Kashyap, who was picked for all the three major events after she emerged as winner in the trials, will face top seed Akane Yamaguchi, while Malvika Bansod, who missed out of a berth, will cross swords with Singapore's Yeo Jia Min.
By PTI MANILA: The focus will be on two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu and world championships bronze winner Lakshya Sen when they lead India's challenge at the Badminton Asia Championships, beginning here on Tuesday.
Manila PhilippinesApril 25 PTI Focus will be on two-time Olympic medallist P V Sindhu and world championships bronze winner Lakshya Sen when they lead India's challenge at the Badminton Asia Championships, beginning here on Tuesday.
Filipino shuttlers fell like dominoes in the qualifying round of the 2022 Badminton Asia Championships Tuesday at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex. Jewel Angelo Albo Veteran Ros Pedrosa almost made it to the main draw with a 21-19, 21-8 victory over Adnan Ebrahim, but eventually lost to Kazakhstan’s Dimitriy Panarin, 21-14, 21-8.
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