One of the tournaments that received a promotion in the BWF World Tour, Singapore Open begins on Tuesday. The event that was a Super 500 last year, will be a Super 750 this time around and it comes smack dab in the middle of a busy Asian swing of events with points at stake for Paris 2024 Olympic Games qualification.
For Indians, the headliners this week will be defending champion PV Sindhu and the most recent champion on the BWF World Tour in HS Prannoy.
Back in July 2022, the Singapore Open marked a crucial point in Sindhu’s journey alongside Coach Park Tae Sang. The Korean had said at the start of the season that he would like to see Sindhu win more titles on the tour instead of her usual pattern of saving her best for the big events. And in that quest, the Singapore title (her first Super 500 in the BWF Tour) felt pivotal. Then came the Commonwealth Games, where she played through the pain in her ankle to clinch a gold medal that had eluded her over the years… but at the cost of a fracture that kept her out of action for the rest of the year….