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World champion Sindhu resumes quest for season’s first BWF World Tour title in Korea

first_img Press Trust of India Incheon (Korea)September 23, 2019UPDATED: September 23, 2019 18:46 IST PV Sindhu crashed out of China Open in the pre-quarterfinals. (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSPV Sindhu will be in action at the Korea Open starting on TuesdayThe newly-crowned world champion crashed out of China Open in 2nd roundSindhu will face USA’s Beiwen Zhang in tricky opener on TuesdayWorld champion P V Sindhu will seek to quickly get over the disappointment of an early exit in the China Open when she resumes her quest for a BWF World Tour title this season at the Korea Open Super 500 tournament beginning here on Tuesday.After the high of winning the World Championships, Olympic silver medallist Sindhu was knocked out of the China Open Super 1000 event by Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong in the second round last week.The 26-year-old Indian, who had won the Korea Open title in 2017, will have to sort out the little things that had led to her early ouster in China and turn her focus on the USD 400,000 tournament in Incheon, where she will face USA’s Beiwen Zhang in a tricky opener.Sindhu had defeated Zhang en route her World Championships gold at Basel and she will look to produce her best again against the Chinese-born shuttler, who had defeated her twice last year at India Open and Denmark Open.A win in the first round may hand Sindhu a chance to avenge her loss in China as she is likely to face Chochuwong again.Besides the World Championships final, Sindhu has reached the summit clash of only one BWF World Tour Final this year — the Indonesia Open Super 1000 — but the title eluded her.London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal, who had claimed the Indonesia Masters early in the season, hasn’t looked her usual self this year.Saina, who has been bothered by pancreatitis and few injuries, lost in the first round of Malaysia Open, New Zealand Open, Sudirman Cup and China Open.advertisementThe eighth seeded Saina will hope to turn around her indifferent form when she opens her campaign against Korean Kim Ga Eun.The 29-year-old from Hyderabad has a 2-0 head-to-head record against Kim and another win over the Korean is likely to pit her against Indonesia’s Gregoria Mariska Tunjung.B Sai Praneeth, who had ended India’s 36 year old wait for a medal at the World Championships, will also look to continue his impressive run after a quarterfinal finish in China Open last week.However, Praneeth will face a dangerous opponent in fifth seed Anders Antonsen of Denmark, who had returned with a silver from the World Championship last month.Former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap, who has looked impressive this season, will take on a qualifier in his opening round.Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who had broken into world’s top 10 after winning the Thailand Open last month, will face fourth seeded Japanese pair of Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda in the men’s doubles opening round.Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will take on a qualifying pair.Also Read | PV Sindhu crashes out of China OpenAlso Read | China Open: Sai Praneeth crashes out in quarterfinalsAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow PV SindhuFollow China OpenFollow Korea Open World champion Sindhu resumes quest for season’s first BWF World Tour title in KoreaAfter the high of winning the World Championships, PV Sindhu was knocked out of the China Open Super 1000 event by Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong in the second round last week.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Bulgaria, Greece Team Up on FLNG Terminal Project

first_imgzoom Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH), a company belonging to the Ministry of Energy of Bulgaria, and Greek natural gas company Gastrade have joined forces to prepare a proposal to construct a floating LNG terminal in Alexandroupolis, northern Greece. The duo has signed the terms of reference (TOR) for the creation of a joint working team that will study and propose to the Bulgarian government the optimum way for the implementation of decision of Bulgaria to participate in the project, Gastrade said.The LNG terminal will materially enhance the energy security of Bulgaria offering at the same time the possibility for Bulgaria to differentiate its sources and routes of natural gas supply, according to Gastrade.The facility would supply gas to the markets of South Europe via the Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria and the National Natural Gas Transmission System of Bulgaria, operated by Bulgartransgaz.With an estimated capacity of 6.1 billion cubic meters, Alexandroupolis terminal will cost about EUR 370 million (approx. USD 413 million) and is expected to be operational at the end of 2018, Reuters reports.The offshore floating LNG terminal would include the floating LNG storage and re-gasification unit (FSRU) with initial LNG storage capacity of 135,000 cubic meters and projected annual gas send-out of 2.6 bcm as well as the permanent FSRU mooring system for the anchoring of the FSRU and the transmission of gas from the FSRU to the subsea pipeline.last_img read more