India has fielded a strong 21-member squad to present the Indian challenge at the BWF World Badminton Championships in Glasgow. The tournament is scheduled to be held from 21-27 August. PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth will lead the Indian charge in the Championship, but India could have one strong medal contender in Saina Nehwal who is fit and ready to down her opponents in quest of a medal finish. Apart from Saina, Srkanth and Sindhu, B Sai Praneeth and Sameer Verma could also have a breakthrough tournament.
Saina Nehwal: A comeback on the table?
She is one of the most experienced in the side; a lot would depend on Saina when she takes the court in Glasgow. Saina has got a bye in her first round but the Indian ace will have to stock all her energy and battle when she faces a hounding Sung Ji Hyun in the third round. Nehwal has a strong track record against the Korean, but the latter is known to hit back on big occasions. An old rival in form of Cariolina Marin could also be waiting For Nehwal in the final rounds, the lethal Spaniard hasn’t covered her ground with a tough 2017, but she would want to retaliate in the championships.
P.V Sindhu: Quest for another title
Sindhu is a known fighter she rarely gives up, a glimpse of her undying passion was distinctly visible when the 27 year old gave the then world number one Carolina Marin a run for her money at the Rio Olympics final showdown. Sindhu has enjoyed good form throughout the season; she would come into the competition on a confident note after downing her arch opponent Carolina Marin in the Indian Open Superseries finals. The Indian has on several moments outclassed her opponents with her strong game play and attacking temperament, in the championships she is expected to start her campaign against Korea’s Kim Hyo Min. She should be wary of threats in the upper rounds when she faces Sun Yu of China. Sindhu is the strongest Indian contestants according to the stats and can easily propel into finals with relative ease compared to other Indian challengers.
Kidambi Srikanth: Trusted Gold
Srikanth’s biggest threat before a certain Lee Chong Wei or Lin Dan would be the Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto who is known for pulling off upsets in big games. The top seeded Indian in men’s category has already won a Superseries and a Superseries Premier title this year. He has had a stellar season so far in the circuit; gold at the championships is all he would crave for when he takes charge in Glasgow.
Sai Praneeth: Never underestimate the challenger
The unsung hero of Indian badminton Praneeth won the second biggest title of his badminton career when he defeated Indonesian top seed Jonatan Christie to clinch the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold. He will be at Glasglow with a target in hand backed by his coach Pullela Gopichand. He is one of his kinds when it comes to the on court battle, the mild looking shuttler gave Indian a historic feat when he entered the finals of Singapore Open Grand Prix alongside Top Indian seed Srikanth, making it an all Indian final. Praneeth will face Wei Nan in the first round followed by a challenge from Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan.