Sindhu, Srikanth lead Indian challenge at World Championship | Badminton News
With two bronze medals in 2013 and 2014 and a silver final 12 months, Sindhu has a powerful report on the World Championship.
Her epic closing in opposition to Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara at Glasgow final 12 months went down as one of many biggest matches of all time, clocking 110 minutes. The Indian will hope her love affair continues at Nanjing.
The 23-year-old from Hyderabad has been very per six closing appearances final 12 months, out of which she received India Open, Korea Open and Syed Modi Worldwide however she misplaced the finals at Worlds, Dubai Tremendous Collection and Hong Kong.
This season too Sindhu entered summit clashes at India Open, Commonwealth Video games and the Thailand Open however a title has eluded her and he or she want to enhance her win-loss statistic in main finals.
The Indian is prone to meet Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun within the third spherical, crossing which can most likely put her face-to-face with defending champion and acquainted foe Nozomi Okuhara within the quarter-finals.
“I actually need to do nicely within the World Championship. I’ve been getting ready nicely. It’s going to be a tricky draw on this planet championship, so I am unable to chill out,” mentioned Sindhu, who will play Fitriani in her first sport.
“I do know everyone seems to be speaking about Nozomi and my match however earlier than that there’s Sung Ji Hyun, who shouldn’t be a simple participant. In order that spherical could be equally essential.”
Two-time Commonwealth Video games champion Saina Nehwal additionally bagged a silver and a bronze in 2015 and 2017 respectively and he or she would hope to shrug off her detached current type and go full throttle, on the lookout for a medal.
The 28-year-old, who opens her marketing campaign in opposition to both Swiss Sabrina Jaquet or Turkish Aliye Demirbag, must battle previous 2013 champion Ratchanok Inthanon of Thailand and Olympic champion Carolina Marin in seemingly third spherical and quarter-final matches respectively.
Within the males’s singles, Kidambi Srikanth, who clinched 4 titles final season and a silver on the Commonwealth Video games this 12 months, will too look to grasp his long-term dream of profitable a medal when he opens in opposition to Eire’s Nhat Nguyen. He’s prone to meet Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie, 13th seed, in spherical three.
With three-time Olympic silver medallist Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia pulling out attributable to poor well being, Srikanth will fancy his possibilities of going additional deep within the draw and win a medal.
HS Prannoy, who had a topsy-turvy season stricken by a number of accidents, will start his marketing campaign with a conflict in opposition to Australia’s Abhinav Manota and two difficult opponents in Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent and Chinese language Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen would possibly stand in his option to the quarterfinals, the place he’s anticipated to fulfill the All England champion Shi Yuqi.
“I believe I’ve a great draw. In an occasion just like the World Championship you possibly can’t anticipate issues to be straightforward. So I’ve to be on my toes proper from the beginning,” he mentioned.
Amongst others, B Sai Praneeth has been in poor type this season however the Indian has been given a walkover even earlier than stepping on the court docket after formidable Korean Son Wan Ho pulled out. He’ll now face Spain’s Luis Enrique Penalver in his first match.
Sameer Verma too must convey his ‘A’ sport to the fore when he opens his marketing campaign in opposition to France’s Lucas Corvee within the opening spherical.
Within the males’s doubles, CWG silver medallists Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty face Olympic bronze medallists Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge of England.
CWG bronze medallists Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will sq. off in opposition to Chinese language Taipei’s Chiang Kai Hsin and Hung Shih Han in girls’s doubles.
Ashwini and Sikki may even pair up with Satwik and Pranaav Jerry Chopra for the blended doubles occasion.
Amongst different Indians in motion are nationwide champions males’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, Russian Open runners-ups Rohan Kapoor and Kuhoo Garg, and Saurabh Sharma and Anoushka Parikh.
The younger pair of Arjun MR and Ramchandran Shlok, and Tarun Kona and Saurabh Sharma may even compete within the males’s doubles competitors.
Additionally in motion can be Kuhoo Garg and Ningshi Block Hazarika, Jakkampudi Meghana and S Ram Poorvisha, and Sanyogita Ghorpade and Prajakta Sawant within the girls’s doubles.