An elusive gold medal awaits a whole nation as a strong Indian badminton contingent heads to the Badminton World Championship, that begins on August 21st. Quite obviously, all eyes will be on the rising superstar Kidambi Srikanth and PV Sindhu, who has actually won a bronze in the World Badminton Championships.
PV Sindhu has been in some form; bagging two titles post her silver medal heroics in the Rio Olympics 2016. She will be entering the prestigious tournament with a bye and straight-away proceeds to the second round. There, she’ll be facing either Korea’s Kim Hyo Min or Egypt’s Hadia Hosny.
Apart from the focus on these two, there will also be focus on Saina Nehwal, who was actually the first from India to win silver in the World Championships. Even though since her return from a career-threatening injury hasn’t seen her coming back into her prime form, she’ll be facing either Natalya Voytsekh or Sabrina Jacquet in the 1st round and will be hopeful of overcoming the 1st hurdle.
From the Pullela Gopichand Academy, there are also the likes of Sai Praneeth, who’s put up some strong performances off-late. India’s Ajay Jayaram, who is currently training in Goregaon Sports Club in Mumbai, is also a promising prospect. In a quote as per the Indian Express, Pullela Gopichand, the national coach said, “This is probably the strongest squad. The men have been doing well in recent times and the four Indian players in the fray are good and capable of beating the best. Nobody is a clear favourite these days and we can expect a strong performance from our players.”