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Tough draw for Saina & Sindhu

New Delhi: Eighth seed Saina Nehwal, who have not won the India Super Series title till date, would kick off her campaign in this edition with a match against Austria’s Simone Prutsch at the Siri Fort Complex. The $250,000 prize money tournament would be played from April 1 to 6.

According to the draw, two of India’s best hopes, Saina and PV Sindhu, will have to cross a Chinese hurdle each before entertaining any thought of ensuring a spot in the summit clash.

Sindhu, ranked ninth in the world, has a tough task at hand as she faces second seed and reigning All-England champion Shixian Wang in the opening round.

In the next round, Sindhu may have to overcome the challenge of Japan’s Sayaka Takahashi or Korean sixth seed Sung Ji Hyun. Saina’s first tough challenge should come in the quarter-finals, where she is expected to meet former world championYihan Wang of China.

Indian men face tough opponents in the opening round.

Kidambi Srikanth, currently the highest ranked Indian in the world, has the best possible opener among the Indians as he takes on Japan’s Takuma Ueda, placed one place above him in the world ranking at 21.

London Olympics quarter-finalist Parupalli Kashyap opens his campaign against sixth seed Zhengming Wang of China, while 2010 Youth Olympics silver medallist H S Prannoy takes on second seed Chen Long of China.