World champion PV Sindhu will look to win the title by taking advantage of the star-less All England Open badminton championships from Wednesday in Birmingham, forgetting the loss in the Swiss Open final. Sindhu defeated Spain’s Carolina Marin in a one-sided match in the Swiss Open final.

PV Sindhu

The three-time world champion Marin has withdrawn from the tournament due to an injury. Players from China, Korea and Chinese Taipei will also not take part in this Super 1000 tournament, which is not part of the Tokyo Olympic qualifying round.

This made the tournament a bit difficult, but it gave the 19 member Indian team a chance to perform better.

Apart from Prakash Padukone (1980) and Pullela Gopichand (2001), India could not win any titles here. Former world number one Saina Nehwal was a finalist in 2015. Sindhu reached the semi-finals here in 2018, but no other Indian could progress further than her.

Olympic silver medalist Sindhu will once again be a serious contender for the title, but Saina is not in her best shape. She has only been able to reach the quarter-finals twice in the past two years.

PV Sindhu

Among the other Indians, former world number one Kidambi Srikanth and in the doubles category Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty performed well at the Swiss Open and would like to maintain that pace.

Fifth seed Sindhu will face Sonia Chia of Malaysia in the first round, while she could face Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the quarter-finals. London’s Olympic bronze medalist Saina will face seventh-seeded Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark in the first round.

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