Women’s singles stars P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal and men’s singles player Kidambi Srikanth will carry India’s hopes when they compete at the BWF World Badminton Championships, starting from Monday. India’s shuttlers will have to endure tough battles as the country hopes to end its drought of boasting a world title holder. Saina and Sindhu have recently come close to end the drought, winning the silver medals in 2015 and 2017. Saina also has a bronze medal in 2015, while Sindhu pocketed bronze medals in 2013 and 2014. Sindhu, 23, has had a mixed year. She wasn’t able to build on her results from 2017 which gave her three titles on BWF’s professional tour. She fell in three finals — at the India Open, the Commonwealth Games and the Thailand Open. Still, she has been combative all season and, with a bit of luck, could well cross the final barrier in Nanjing. The Indian third seed will open her campaign against Fitriani Fitriani or Linda Zetchiri. If the Indian wins the match, South Korean ninth Sung ji Hyun will be a stiff challenge for Sindhu while reigning world champion Nozomi Okuhara is a possible opponent in the quarter-finals for the Hyderabadi.
Live Badminton match of HS Prannoy vs Abhinav Manota in BWF Badminton World Championship 2018 straight from Nanjing, China
11:05 IST: Watch out for this masterclass from Lin Dan!
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11:01 IST: Ninth seed Lin Dan is easing past unseeded Mark Caljouw. He closed the first game 21-14 in 22 minutes and leading the second 11-9 at the breather.
10:50 IST: Hello and welcome to the live commentary from the men’s single match between H.S Prannoy and Abhinav Manota.
Sindhu’s senior, Saina, 28, will play Turkish Aliye Demirbag in her first round. After this round, the Indian 10th seed is expected to fight big names like Ratchanok Inthanon of Thailand and Olympic champion Carolina Marin in the next two rounds.
In the men’s singles category, fifth seeded Kidambi Srikanth, due to the withdrawal of Malaysian veteran Lee Chong Wei, should fancy a position in the semi-finals. Srikanth will open against Ireland’s Nhat Nguyen and is likely to meet Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie, 13th seed, in the third round. H.S. Prannoy, the 11th seed, has been handed an easy opening round clash against Australia’s Abhinav Manota. He may face Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent in the second round. Prannoy should be ready face either rising Chinese star Shi Yuqi or the legendary Lin Dan in the quarter-finals.