Tough draw for Indians as Sindhu gets a First round Bye at Badminton World Championships 2023

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A total of 14 Indians are set to participate in the prestigious World Championships which is scheduled to be played in Copenhagen between Aug 21-27

While India has four entries in the singles competition we will have five pairs in the doubles competition. Here lets look at how the draw has fared for Indians

Men Singles

First things first while Prannoy and Lakshya are seeded and face relatively easy opponents the former World number 1 Srikanth Kidambi faces an uphill task of going against 14th seed Nishimoto.

A reasonably easier second round awaits him should he crosses the hurdle with a potential third round against Ginting or Tsuneyama.

Prannoy who is seeded ninth has a cracker of a draw as he potentially finds himself against Loh Kean Yew in third round. Up next for him is Viktor Axelsen who doesn’t seem to lose any games let alone the matches.

Eleventh seed Sen has relatively comfortable matches in first two rounds before he finds himself against his good friend Vitidsarn in Pre Quarterfinals.

Women Singles

PV Sindhu who has a record five world championships medal including a gold medal in 2019 is seeded 16th. She has got a bye in round one. She will be taking on the winner of Thuy Linh Nguyen and Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara first round match.
Sindhu could be up against former world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in the third round and if she manages to reach the quarterfinals, then a clash with World No. 1 An Seyoung awaits.

Men Doubles

The in-form pair of Satwik and Chirag are seeded second for the worlds. Its the highest they have ever been seeded at this competition. Courtesy to the seeding they have been awarded first round bye and a pretty comfortable second round match against the winner of Irish/Aussie pair.

The test begins at Quarterfinals where they have a potential clash with Malaysian Ong/Teo and then a semifinal against Liang/Wang.

Women Doubles

Treesa and Gayatri have been seeded 15th and have a first round bye and are expected to go against Taiwanese pair of Chang Yang.

Should they win that match they face a uphill task against top seed next. The other pair of Ashwini and Shikha are up against dutch pair and a next round with eleventh seed Indonesians.

Mixed Doubles

Rohan and Sikki face the Scottish pair in first round but then go into Sixth seed Koreans which in all probability is going to be a tough one to crack.

Juhi and Venkat face German Linda and Jones should they make it they face Indonesian eleventh seed in second round.


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