The Indian shuttlers will take part in the prestigious All England Badminton Championship starting from 8th March. Indian hopes will lie on Saina Nehwal who reached the finals of this tournament last year and became the first Indian women to do so. But Saina Nehwal’s chances depend on upon how she copes with the injury that had kept her out after the Pro Badminton League. It will be a tough task for the Indian shuttler’s.
In the women’s section, Saina Nehwal will take on Michell Li of Canada in the first round. The toughest assignment for her would be in the quarter-finals as she will face Sung. Saina Nehwal has been suffering from injuries which have prevented her from playing the best game. This tournament is a platform to qualify for the Rio Olympics. As far PV Sindhu is concerned she reached the quarter-finals of the German Open grand Prix Gold and also won the Malaysian Masters Grand Prix Gold. In the first round, she will face Buranaprasferuk of Thailand. If She goes past through the first round then she will face Chinese opponent Wang of China. PV Sindhu recently lost to her in the quarterfinals of German Grand Prix Gold event.
While in the men’s section is concerned the best bet will be K Srikanth who will start his campaign against a qualifier. Srikanth needs to play with positive intent. P Kashyap will face the biggest test as he will face Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia. P Kashyap recently got injured in the 3rd round of the German Grand Prix Gold event. HS Prannoy will face Xue S of China in the first round which will be not an easy task. Ajay Jayaram will face NG K L of Hong Kong. All the Indian shuttler does have to play their best badminton to progress into the quarter-finals stage.
The task for the Indian women’s doubles and men’s doubles is not going to be an easy task as they have to face some of best pairs in the world.
The Indian challenge will depend on singles player to bring medals for the country at the prestigious tournament. Let us hope that the Indian shuttler’s can deliver on the big stage and improve their rankings ahead of Rio Olympics.