Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu has been handed a relatively easy draw but tough outings await Saina Nehwal as the Indian duo returns to international competition in Thailand, nearly 10 months after the COVID-19 pandemic halted all tournaments globally.

Sindhu and Saina didn’t participate in Denmark Open Super 750 and SaarLorLux Super 100 — the only two events which could be conducted since BWF was forced to suspend the calendar after the completion of the All England Championship in March.

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Now all eyes are on the two Super 1000 events — Yonex Thailand Open (January 12-17) and Toyota Thailand Open (January 19-24) as the world’s best players return to action following a prolonged break. World champion Sindhu, seeded sixth, will open against Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt, while Saina, who has…

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