Japan Open Badminton Championship begins in Tokyo today. Newly-crowned Korea Open champion, P V Sindhu will take on Minatsu Mitani whom she defeated in the Korea Open, in the opening round of the event .
Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal will also return to action at the championship. While Srikanth will face China’s Tian Houwei in the opening round Saina will clash with Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong.
In the main draw of men’s singles, H S Prannoy, B Sai Praneeth and Verma brothers- Sameer and Sourabh, will also look to put their best foot forward. Mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy will meet fifth seeded Thai pair of Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai in the opening round, while Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki will try to overcome Korean third seeded combo of Chang Ye Na and Lee So Hee.