All England Championships: Indians look to end title drought | Badminton News

The Indian commuters will look to end a 22-year title drought at the All England Championships, which kick off in Birmingham on Tuesday.
Head coach Pullela Gopichand was the last Indian to win the title in 2001, 21 years after Prakash Padukone did it first. Lakshya Sen came close to winning last year and Saina Nehwal came second in 2015.
Saina, however, pulled out of the event this year. Meanwhile, a tough draw coupled with indifferent form can make things tough for the Indians in Birmingham.
With Saina retreating, PV Sindhu is the only Indian women’s singles. The Indian world n°9 starts against the Chinese Zhang Yi Man.
If she gets past Zhang, Sindhu will likely face Chinese fifth seed He Bing Jiao in the second round and Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying in the quarters.
HS Prannoythe top-ranked Indian in men’s singles, will face Wang Tzu Wei of Chinese Taipei in the first round and could next face Anthony Ginting of Indonesia.


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