Wuhan, Apr 25: India have fielded an eight member strong team in the Asian Badminton Championship 2017, which begins today.
Indian team for Asian Badminton Championship
- Women’s Singles – 2 (P.V. Sindhu & Saina Nehwal)
- Men’s Singles – 2 (Ajay Jayaram & H.S. Prannoy)
- Women’s Doubles – 2 (Ashwini Ponappa/ Sikki Reddy & Poorvisha/Meghana)
- Men’s Doubles – 1 (Manu Attri/Sumeeth Reddy)
- Mixed Doubles – 1 (Pranav Chopra/Sikki Reddy)
P.V. Sindhu will be the biggest medal hope for India, as most of the players find themselves tough draws. Last year, Saina Nehwal was the only medal winner in Asian Badminton Championship for India where she finished with Bronze medal. Repeating the things will be quite difficult for Saina as her form is not so great this year & she would meet World no.1 Tai Tzu Ying in the Quaterfinals, making the road more difficult for Former World no.1.
While in the second half of Womens singles category, No.4 seeded P.V. Sindhu has quite a easy draw but she can meet No.6 seed Thailand’s Ratchenok Intanon in semi-finals ! All Indian eyes would be on Sindhu as she will be the biggest medal hope for India in Asian Championship.
Road looks difficult in Men’s Singles too as both the Indian players will be up against seeded players, Ajay Jayaram will start his campaign against fifth seed Tian Houwei of China while H.S. Prannoy will face eighth seed Ng ka Long of Hong Kong.
In Women Doubles Indian pair of Ashwini & Reddy will be up against unseeded Korean pair & if they surpass the Korean Challenge, World no.1 pair of Misaki & Ayaka Takashaki would be waiting for them in second round. Another Indian pair of Meghana & Poorvisha will take on second seed Korean pair of Jung kyung & Shin Seung.
In Men Doubles, Manu Attri & Sumeeth Reddy will face a tough challenge from 5th seed Chinese pair of Fu Haifeng & Zhang Nan.
Indian Mixed Doubles pair will also have a mountain to climb as they will be up against No.1 seed Chinese team of Zheng Siwei & Chen Qingchen in the first round.