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India Open 2019: Sindhu, Srikanth get top seeding after Chen Yufei and Shi Yuqi withdraw

first_imgIndia Open 2019: Sindhu, Srikanth get top seeding after Chen Yufei and Shi Yuqi withdrawIndia Open 2019: PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth received the top billing in women’s and men’s singles, respectively after China’s Chen Yufei and Shi Yuqi withdrew from the tournament.advertisement Next Press Trust of India New DelhiMarch 24, 2019UPDATED: March 24, 2019 23:40 IST PV Sindhu will be the top seed in women’s singles as she aims for her second India Open title. (BAI Photo)Chinese top seeds Chen Yufei and Shi Yuqi Sunday pulled out of the India Open on medical grounds, taking some sheen off the USD 350,000 World Tour Super 500 tournament beginning Tuesday.Chen recently broke a five-year title draught for China at the All England Championship and Shi Yuqi is the defending champion.With the top seeds withdrawing, India’s P V Sindhu will receive the top billing and is firm favourite to lift the trophy for the second time after claiming the crown in 2017 and reaching the finals in the last edition.China will be fielding its biggest contingent at the India Open this season with as many as 25 shuttlers competing in the tournament, which concludes on March 31.World No. 7 He Bingjiao will now lead the Chinese challenge in women’s singles and she is looking forward to some exciting duel with Olympic silver medallist Sindhu.”A lot of elite Indian players are playing around the world and they got good results. The likes of Saina and Sindhu are quality players. I need to prepare well against them,” Bingjiao said through an interpreter.”PV Sindhu has a very good level and when I play against her, I sometimes win and sometimes lose. The experience of playing Sindhu is very exciting.”Talking about her targets this season, Bingjiao said: There are three targets this year. First one is Sudirman Cup, I want to help my team members win the Sudirman Cup.”Last year I beat Tai Tzu Ying at World Championship, so this year I want to move forward and improve my position at the event.advertisement”I also want to join the Olympic team. This is a dream for every athlete. The only thing I can do is work hard and train hard,” she added.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow India Open 2019Follow PV SindhuFollow Kidambi SrikanthFollow Chen YufeiFollow Shi YuqiFollow He Bingjiaolast_img read more

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first_imgShe left shortly after midday and received a text from Gregory at about the time she was seen in a panic out of her home at 2pm, the jury heard.Mr Saxby said Gregory had a “clear track record of careless and negligent parenting” and said she had ignored advice on how to bathe her child.Mr Saxby added that “to forgot your baby was in the bath over a period of five or 10 minutes clearly showed gross negligence”.He also slammed Gregory’s decision to not give evidence and said it left the case “crying out for an explanation of what happened”.A victim impact statement from Theresa Andrews, Robyn’s grandmother, said the baby “lit up the room” and was “the brightest button”.Describing “every day as torture”, the statement added: “We feel no pain, just numbness which will never go away. There are no words to describe how we feel. She was let down in the worst possible way by the person she should be able to rely on.”A Oxfordshire County Council spokesman said: “The case is currently subject to a serious case review, which will be published in due course. We cannot comment further at this stage.” The family of a baby who was left to drown in the bath stormed out of court after her mother was jailed for just three years.Jasmine Gregory was convicted of manslaughter after the court heard she drank two bottles of cider and did the washing up downstairs while her daughter, Robyn Andrews-English, was left in an adult bath in August 2014.The 24-year-old had forgotten she had left her daughter in the bath and even went outside the house to ask passers-by if they knew where she was, the jurors heard. She was handed a three-year sentence at Oxford Crown Court by a judge who labelled her actions as “wholly wrong and atrocious”.  Judge Ian Pringle said it would never be known how long the young baby was left for. “It was an adult bath with no support and no special seat for her,” he said. “You then left her for how long we will never know. You left that young little girl in an adult bath unattended and she drowned.”He added: “I don’t underestimate the loss that you feel and the loss you’re always going to feel and I don’t underestimate the loss of so many others. “What you did on August 7, 2014, was so wholly wrong and atrocious that I would be failing in my duty if I did not pass a custodial sentence. No sentence I pass will compensate for the loss of that little girl.”Oliver Saxby QC, prosecuting, said Carla Didcock, an Outreach support worker, told Gregory not to leave her children unsupervised while she they took a bath during a home visit. But one of the investigators involved in the trial said after the trial that the baby’s in-laws were very upset with the leniency of the sentence, which could see Gregory freed in 18 months.Jurors had been told that Gregory left Robyn in the bathtub despite social workers asking her not to leave her child alone hours earlier.The mother-of-two was said to have become distracted after drinking the alcohol and started doing the washing-up, forgetting her baby was upstairs in the bath alone, an expert psychiatrist told the court. She had previously left the baby in a pram for eight hours while she drank in a public house.Gregory ran out of her home in Grove, near Wantage, Oxfordshire and asked passers-by where her baby was before she was found holding Robyn’s lifeless body, it was said. She had repeatedly shouted she had left her daughter for “less than 10 minutes” but after the tragic events Gregory said she was “so busy” and only went downstairs briefly. She was let down in the worst possible way by the person she should be able to rely onVictim impact statement from Theresa Andrews, Robyn’s grandmother It was an adult bath with no support and no special seat for herJudge Ian Pringle Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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