Birmingham: Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal will return to Britain with a renewed hope of clinching the prestigious All England Championship but a tough draw awaits her in the women’s singles of the Super Series Premier event, which starts with the qualifiers, here, on Tuesday.
The CWG gold medallist will open her campaign against Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand. “The draw is tough, it always happens that way. But I will try my best to come up well,” a confident Saina said.
“I took all the practice in good direction. I have a little knee problem, otherwise I am alright,” Saina said.
Saina’s younger colleague and rising shuttler P. V. Sindhu too will start in the main draw for the first time and will meet Ongbamrungphan Busanan of Thailand in the opening round, whom she had beaten at the Badminton Asia Youth Under-19 Championships last year.
In the men’s singles, world No. 11 Parupalli Kashyap will open his campaign against Jen Hao Hsu of Chinese Taipei and will likely take on Japan’s Kenichi Tago, seeded seventh, in the second round if he manages to cross the opening hurdle.
Ajay Jayaram is the other Indian who will start in the men’s singles main draw, taking on Zhengming Wang of China in the first round.
Jwala Gutta too will return to action after a seven month sabbatical and she will pair up with V. Diju to take on German duo of Peter Kaesbauer and Isabel Herttrich in the opening round of the mixed doubles event. (agencies)