PV Sindhu and Co. chase elusive title at All England Championships

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World champion P V Sindhu will look to shrug off her demoralising Swiss Open closing defeat and reap the benefits of a depleted discipline when she spearheads India’s problem on the prestigious All England Open Badminton Championships, starting right here on Wednesday.

Sindhu seemed a pale shadow of herself in her defeat in opposition to Carolina Marin, taking place with out a lot struggle as she struggled to include errors.

Carolina, the three-time world champion from Spain, although has pulled out of the celebrated event because of an harm, taking some shine off of the occasion.

Additionally lacking in motion would be the Chinese language, Koreans and Chinese language Taipei shuttlers, who determined to not compete within the Tremendous 1000 occasion as it isn’t a part of the Tokyo Olympic qualification interval.

It impacts the standard of the competitors but in addition offers the 19-member Indian contingent a possibility to go deep within the draw and recapture the trophy which has been gained by simply two Indians to date — the legendary Prakash Padukone (1980) and P Gopichand (2001).

Whereas former world primary Saina Nehwal had a runner-up end in 2015, Sindhu’s greatest end was a semifinal in 2018 however not one of the different Indian shuttlers have been in a position to go deep within the event until now.

Olympic silver medallist Sindhu will once more be one of many prime contenders however Saina is nowhere close to her greatest with simply two quarterfinal finishes to indicate within the final two years.

Amongst different Indians, former primary Kidambi Srikanth and younger males’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, at present ranked 10 on the planet, had a great run in Swiss Open and can look to place their greatest foot ahead.

Fifth seed Sindhu will kick off her marketing campaign with a conflict in opposition to Malaysia’s Soniia Cheah and is prone to face Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi within the quarterfinals, offered she wins her preliminary rounds.

London Olympics bronze medallist Saina has drawn in-form seventh seed Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark in her first spherical and may meet Scotland’s Kristy Gilmour subsequent.

In males’s singles, Srikanth will open in opposition to Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia, whereas world championships bronze medallist B Sai Praneeth will tackle France’s Toma Junior Popov and is prone to conflict subsequent with second seed Viktor Axelsen, who has gained the 2 Tremendous 1000 titles in Thailand, and the Swiss Open.

Commonwealth Video games gold medallist Parupalli Kashyap will open in opposition to world primary Japanese Kento Momota, who’s returning to worldwide circuit after a horrific automotive accident final 12 months that noticed him bear a watch surgical procedure.

He was additionally laid low after contracting COVID-19.

Amongst others in fray, former top-10 participant HS Prannoy will meet Malaysia’s Daren Liew, to whom he had misplaced on the Toyota Thailand Open in January.

Sameer Verma will likely be up in opposition to Ygor Coelho of Brazil in opening spherical and should face third seed Anders Antonsen of Denmark subsequent. Younger Lakshya Sen will meet Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen.

In males’s doubles, Satwik and Chirag will open in opposition to Eloi Adam and Julien Maio of France, whereas combined doubles pair of Satwik and Ashwini Ponnappa will sq. off in opposition to Japanese combo of Yuki Kaneko and Misaki Matsutomo.

Younger males’s pairing of MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila will face Malaysian pair of Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi.

In girls’s doubles, Commonwealth Video games bronze medallists Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will tackle Benyapa Aimsaard and Nuntakarn Aimsaard of Thailand.

Poorvisha Ram and Meghana J will struggle it out in opposition to Danish pair of Alexandra Boje and Mette Poulsen and Ashwini Bhat and Shikha Gautam will meet England’s Chloe Birch and Lauren Smith.

Within the combined doubles, Pranav Chopra and N Sikki Reddy will look to go one up in opposition to Max Flynn and Jessica Pugh of England, whereas Dhruv Kapila and Meghana J will face Praveen Jordan and Melati Oktavianti of Indonesia.

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