Sindhu, Saina get byes in first round

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Aug 2017 09:14:20



OLYMPIC silver medallist PV Sindhu and former World No 1 Saina Nehwal received first-round byes at the World Championship starting in Glasgow, Scotland from August 21.
Two-time bronze medallist PV Sindhu will open her campaign against either Korea’s Kim Hyo Min or Egypt’s Hadia Hosny in the second round and is likely to meet China’s Sun Yu for a place at the quarter-finals.

The 2015 World Championship silver medallist Saina will take on the winner of the match between Switzerland’s Sabrina Jaquet and Ukraine’s Natalya Voytsekh and is expected to clash with Korean second seed Sung Ji Hyun for a place in the pre-quarterfinals. India’s top male shuttler Kidambi Srikanth, who clinched two successive titles at Indonesia and Australia and reached the finals at Singapore Open, will open his campaign against Russia’s Sergey Sirant.

Among other Indians in men’s singles, 15th seed B Sai Praneeth, who won his maiden Super Series title beating Srikanth at Singapore, will face Hong Kong’s Wei Nan, while Ajay Jayaram will take on Austrian Luka Wraber in the opening round.