|Seven players withdrew from the India open badminton championship, which is being held in Delhi from Wednesday, after testing Covid positive. It includes Kidambi Srikanth and Ashwini Ponappa. Srikanth is currently world No. 10 in singles while Ashwini Ponappa is world No. 20 in women’s doubles, N Sikki Reddy, Dhruv Kapila, Gayatri Gopichand, Akshan Shetty and Kavya Gupta has also pulled out of the competition after being deemed closed contacts of the infected.
The Round 2 matches of the Indian Open are being held today in KD Jadhav Indoor hall, where PV Sindhu entered round 3 of the championship after defeating Ira Sharma and Sania Nehwal lost to Malvika Bansod in 34 minutes for huge upset. Meanwhile Badminton World Federation (BWF) has said that the players will not be replaced in the main draw, and their opponents will be given a walkover to the next round.