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Saina, Sindhu face tough draw

Leading Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu face tough draws in the prestigious $400,000 All England Open Badminton Championships that starts Tuesday at the National Indoor Arena here.

other Updated: Mar 04, 2014 00:41 IST

Leading Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu face tough draws in the prestigious $400,000 All England Open Badminton Championships that starts Tuesday at the National Indoor Arena here.

World No 7 Saina, the only seeded Indian, will open her campaign against world No 20 Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland, and is likely to run into old foe Juliane Schenk of Germany in the second round. Though Saina has an 8-4 advantage over the German World No 11, Schenk won their previous meeting at the Indonesia Open in June 2013.

World Championship bronze medallist Sindhu starts against World No 33 Sun Yu of China. Sindhu, ranked ninth in the world, has a 2-1 win-loss record against Sun.

If the teenager manages to get past Sun, she will likely meet world No 2 Yihan Wang. Sindhu beat the Chinese Olympic silver medallist at the 2013 World Championships in her own backyard.

Among the men, World No 18 P Kashyap, who has been playing with a heavily strapped shoulder since partially dislocating his shoulder in December, will face world No 5 Kenichi Tago of Japan, while reigning national champion K Srikanth will take on world No 15 Kento Momota, also from Japan.