While PV Sindhu and B Sai Praneeth progressed into the quarter-finals of BWF World Championships on Thursday, Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy fell to respective defeats. Saina Nehwal also bowed out after losing in three games to Denmark's Mia Blichfeld.
Olympic medallists P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal along with Kidambi Srikanth will lead a strong Indian contingent at the 2019 Sudirman Cup mixed team championship, to be played in Nanning, China from May 19 to 26.
B Sai Praneeth and H S Prannoy held on to their 20th and 21st spot respectively, while there was no change in the ranking of P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, and they were static at the sixth and ninth spot.
At Malaysia Open, Kidambi Srikanth will begin his campaign against a qualifier, following the withdrawal of legendary Lee Chong Wei, who was supposed to play his first event after recovering from nose cancer.
World Badminton Championships medallists Sania Nehwal, PV Sindhu were felicitated by Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel in New Delhi on Thursday. Vijay Goel had also invited P Gopichand and Vimar Kumar for the ceremony that took place in New Delhi.