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.