New Delhi, Jan 17 (PTI) In the absence of Saina Nehwal,Commonwealth Games bronze medallist P Kashyap will spearheadIndia''s challenge in the season-opening Malaysian Open SuperSeries badminton tournament starting in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow.
Still recovering from her ankle injury, world number fourSaina, who won five major titles -- including three superseries -- last year, has opted out as she does not want toaggravate her condition. The 20-year-old, however, will beseen in action again in the Korean Open later this month.
In the men''s singles, Kashyap, who finished runners-up inthe Senior National Championship early this month, will lookto start his international season on a positive note when hetakes on Yun Hu of Hong Kong in the first round of the maindraw tomorrow.
After a rather disappointing season last year, ChetanAnand will also be looking to get his old touch back when hetakes on Kazushi Yamada of Japan in his first round encounter.
But all eyes will also be on the Commonwealth Goldmedallist combination of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa asthe Indian pair will be up against fifth seeds Jing Du and PanPan in the opening round.
The experienced doubles player Jwala will then combinewith V Diju to lock horns with Johannes Schoettler and SandraMarinello of Germany in the first round of the mixed doubles.
Among others, India''s Anand Pawar will take on Yong ZhaoAshton Chen of Singapore and Ajay Jayaram will meet aformidable opponent in Indonesia''s Tommy Sugiarto in thequalifier tomorrow.