Indian shuttlers get tough draw at All England Championships

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Indian shuttlers, including P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, have been given intense draws at the All England Championships, where the nation has not won a title over the most recent 18 years.

Olympic and World Championships silver medallist Sindhu, who had achieved the elimination rounds here a year ago, will open her crusade against South Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun, while Indonesia Masters champion Saina goes up against Scotland’s Kristy Gilmour in the first round of World Tour Super 1000 competition, which starts here on March 6.

Both Sindhu and Saina are at present playing at the Senior National Championships and will make a beeline for Birmingham from here for the renowned competition. Sindhu should be mindful against Hyun, who had crushed her at the Hong Kong Open a year ago. On the off chance that she moves beyond Hyun, the Indian is probably going to confront third seed Chen Yufei in the quarterfinal.

Previous world No. 1 Saina, who had achieved the All England last in 2015, made a decent begin to the new season with an elimination round completion at the Malaysia Masters and a title succeed at Indonesia.

Be that as it may, the London Olympics bronze medallist is relied upon to confront world No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals. Saina had lost her last 11 experiences against Tai, who had damage defaced end to the last season.

The Indian team will likewise extravagant their odds after three-time best on the planet Carolina Marin of Spain has been precluded because of the knee damage endured amid the Indonesia Masters last.

In men’s singles, Kidambi Srikanth, who missed the Senior Nationals because of a minor issue with his lower leg, will go up against Frenchman Brice Leverdez in the opening round. He is probably going to meet world No. 1 Kento Momota in the quarterfinals. The seventh-seeded Indian had lost to Momota multiple times last season.

Sameer Verma, who achieved the elimination rounds at World Tour Finals, will begin his battle against previous world No. 1 Viktor Axelsen of Denmark.

Among others, B Sai Praneeth and H S prannoy will confront each other in the opening round, with the victor liable to go up against Indonesia’s Anthony Ginting.

Indian ladies’ duplicates pair of Ashwini Ponnapa and N Sikki Reddy will meet seventh-seeded Japanese couple of Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto, while Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha S Ram will square facing Russia’s Ekaterina Bolotova and Alina Davletova.

In men’s pairs, national boss Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will confront China’s Ou Xuanyi and Ren Xiangyu in the first round.

Current national mentor Pullela Gopichand’s title win in 2001 was the last time an Indian won the All England Championships, while Prakash Padukone was the first from the nation to wear the pined for crown in 1980.

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