At this week’s Hong Kong Open, Lakshya Sen, the Commonwealth Games champion, will lead a small Indian team. On September 12, the Super 500 race in Kowloon began. The only top-20 singles player from India competing this week is World No. 13 since HS Prannoy and Kidambi Srikanth have both chosen to withdraw from the competition. As she prepares for the Asian Games, which begin on September 23 in Hangzhou, China, PV Sindhu has also chosen to abstain. Sen will want to take advantage of this chance and play in a few meaningful matches before the big continental tournament. The eighth-seeded winner of the Canada Open will begin his campaign against Su Li Yang, a qualifier.
He is likely to face World No. 10 Anders Antonsen again in the second round after losing to him in the first round of the China Open last week. The other Indian in the men’s singles draw, Priyanshu Rajawat, will play Kanta Tsuneyama in the first round. Malvika Bansod and Aakarshi Kashyap, two young ladies from India, will compete in the women’s singles division. The World No. 17 Zhang Yi Man is Bansod’s opponent in the qualifying round, and Kashyap is the World No. 22.
Hong Kong Open 2023 Details:
First round: September 12-13, 2023
Second round: September 14, 2023
Quarterfinals: September 15, 2023
Semi-finals: September 16, 2023
Finals: September 17, 2023
Venue: Hong Kong Coliseum, Kowloon
The first few days’ matches will likely begin around 9 a.m. local time/6.30 a.m. IST.
From September 12 to 17, 2023, the Hong Kong Coliseum in Kowloon, Hong Kong, will host the 2023 Hong Kong Open, an international badminton competition. The competition, which is a Super 500 event, has a prize fund of US$420,000. The 2023 Hong Kong Open is the seventh Super 500 event of the season and the twenty-first tournament on the 2023 BWF World Tour schedule. The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has given the Hong Kong Badminton Association permission to hold this competition.
The champions of the men’s and women’s singles competitions will receive USD 31,500 and 9,200 BWF points, respectively, from this prize fund. The losers of the two singles competitions will split a prize of USD 15,960 and 7,800 BWF points. Both competitions’ semifinalists who are eliminated will get USD 6,090 and 6,420 BWF points, respectively.
Date: 12 – 17 September
Category: Super 500
Prize money: US$420,000