Kuala Lumpur: Indian shuttler PV Sindhu will be vying for her maiden level three title at the $120,000 Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold where she is seeded no.1 in women's singles. The tournament, which kicks off here at the SUKPA Indoor Stadium on Tuesday, will see the 17-year-old Sindhu take on world no.48 Jiayuan Chen of Singapore in the first round in their first ever encounter.
Her first real challenge can come in the semi-finals where she will be up against Thai third seed Sapsiree Taerattanachai, against whom Sindhu has a 1-1 in career head-to-head. Sindhu, ranked 15th in the world, is in top form, reaching her second Super Series semi-final last week at India Open.
The Indian women's singles campaign will also be taken forward by Kerala's P.C. Thulasi, Arundhati Pantawane and Mumbai's Tanvi Lad.
Meanwhile, R.M.V. Gurusaidutt, who reached the India Open men's singles quarter-final, has been seeded no.11 and will take on Chao huang of Singapore in the first round.
H.S. Prannoy, Sameer Verma, Abhimanyu Singh, Oscar Bansal and K. Srikanth will be the other Indians taking part in the tier three event.