Fresh off their exploits at the Commonwealth Games, the Indian shuttles will be looking to win maximum medals at the BWF World Championshipsscheduled in Tokyo from 22 to 28 August.
The draw published on Wednesday pits the Indians against the best in the world. World Champion 2019 PV Sindhuthat the last edition went wrong, this time he will want to make amends.
The world number 7 got a goodbye in the first round and is in the first half of the scoreboard. Sindhu is expected to beat two Chinese – Han Yue and Wang Zhi Yi – in the second and third rounds before he runs into his nemesis An Se Young of South Korea. India’s seventh seed has not yet beaten the third seed. despite having played five games against her.
Saina Nehwal, who is in the lower half of the draw, will start against Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi. If she beats Yi, Saina will face sixth seeded Nozomi Okuhara of Japan. The other Indian girl, Malvika Bansod, plays the Danish Line Christophersen.
Four Indian men qualified in the singles category and three of them – Laksya Sen, Kidammbi Srikanth And HS Pranoy – they are on the same side while Sai Praneeth is in the first half of the board.
Lakshya, who won bronze in 2021, had a tough first-round opponent over Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus while Prannoy is expected to face second-seed Kento Momota of Japan. Recently, Momota has a hard time getting through the first rounds and Prannoy could face Lakshya in the pre-quarterfinals. Although Lakshya enjoys a record of 2-1 wins and losses, Prannoy won his last match at the Indonesia Open in June.
Men’s doubles specialists Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty received a farewell in the first round and easier opponents in the second. But in the pre-quarters they will have to give their best when they play against Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia.
Four Indian women’s doubles teams and two mixed pairs also qualified for the World Championships.