Badminton: More top shuttlers confirm participation for OUE S'pore Open in April

India's world No. 6 Saina Nehwal will compete at the OUE Singapore Open in April.
India's world No. 6 Saina Nehwal will compete at the OUE Singapore Open in April.PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - More top players have confirmed their participation for April's OUE Singapore Open, adding more star power to the annual badminton tournament.

Teams from the region, who are also traditionally the world's strongest teams, are the latest to sign up. This includes teams from Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. India, Hong Kong and England have also been pencilled in for the April 12-17 event.

Indonesia, in particular, are sending a 31-strong squad that include world No. 1 women's doubles pair Greysia Polii and Nitya Krishnda Maheswari, as well as world No. 2 men's doubles pair Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan. Defending champions (men's doubles) Ricky Karanda Suwardi and Angga Pratama will also be here.

India's world No. 6 Saina Nehwal will also be here to compete, as well as two-time Singapore Open men's singles champion Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand.

 

The Singapore Open is the last Superseries event before this August's Olympic Games. Players will be looking to earn precious qualifying points to earn a spot at the Rio de Janeiro Games. Superpower China, who is also sending a big squad, will feature the likes of Lin Dan and world No. 1 Chen Long. Women's singles world No. 1 Carolina Marin is also going to be here.