Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu eye historic gold for India



Indian Olympic badminton players P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal will look to win the country's first gold medal since 1965at the Asian Badminton Championship in the absence of Tai Tzu Ying - their biggest competitor in the international arena. The Asian Badminton Championship begins on Tuesday in Wuhan, China.

Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu have poor 5-15 and 4-10 head-to-head record against Tai Tzu Ying, the world no. 1 Chinese Taipei player.

Sindhu will face Sayaka Takahashi of Japan in the first round of the Asian Badminton Championship women's singles. Sindhu has defeated the world No. 16 at Japan Open last year.

The Rio Olympic silver medal winner Sindhu seems to be struggling since becoming the first Indian to win the BWF Finals last year. She was ousted by Sung Ji Hyun in the pre quarter-finals of the Malaysia Open this year. There are chances that fourth seed Sindhu might face her again in the quarters.

If everything goes well for the Indian, Sindhu might run into run into world no. 2 Nozomi Okuhara or world no. 7 He Bingjiao in the semi-finals.

Saina Nehwal, on the other hand, will have to overcome Han Yue who defeated her at Syed Modi last year. The path further isn't easy for the London Olympic bronze medallist as she has chances of facing world No. 4 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the next round.

At a later stage of the tournament, she might come across world No. 3 Chen Yufei of China to make it into the final.

In the men's category, Kidambi Srikanth will face Shesar Hiren Rhustavito of Indonesia in first round. If Srikanth wins here, he is likely to face world champion and Olympic champion Chen Long in the next round.

The Indian shuttler was ousted in the quarter-finals by Chen Long in the Malaysia Open earlier this month.

Another Indian in contention, Sameer Verma will face Kazumasa Sakai of Japan in the first round.

In women's doubles, the pair of Pooja Dandu and Sanjana Santosh, Aparna Balan and Sruthi K.P and the team of Jakkampudi Meghana and Poorvisha S Ram will be seen in action in China.

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