World champion P.V. Sindhu has pulled out of the Denmark Open scheduled to be held in Odense. The Super 750 tournament set to be held from October 13-18 is to mark international badminton’s resumption after the recent postponement of the Thomas & Uber Cup Finals.
The 25-year-old star shuttler informed InsideSport on Thursday that since she is not playing in the now-postponed Thomas and Uber Cup there is no point in travelling all the way to compete in only one championship taking such a high risk because of the pandemic.
The world No 7 had earlier agreed to participate in the Thomas & Uber Cup Finals on request of the Badminton Association of India (BAI) president. It is understood that Sindhu was willing to play in Thomas and Uber Cup since national pride was involved, but with that struck off this year’s calendar, and not enough ranking points at stake, she has chosen not to risk international travel at this point.
Another point of concern was also the mandatory 14-day quarantine on return. The Olympic silver medallist is considering participation at the Asia Open I and II, Super 1000 events to be played between November 10-22, likely to take place in Thailand.
Meanwhile, women’s doubles pair of N Sikki Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa, along with the men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy have also decided not to play in the Odense tournament.