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All England Draws: PV Sindhu Gets Easy Passage To Quarters, Tough For Saina Nehwal

The tournament is scheduled to be played in Birmingham from March 17-21.

All England Draws: PV Sindhu Gets Easy Passage To Quarters, Tough For Saina Nehwal
PV Sindhu will kick off her campaign in the women's singles with a clash against Malaysia's Soniia Cheah. | File Photo
All England Draws: PV Sindhu Gets Easy Passage To Quarters, Tough For Saina Nehwal
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2021-02-24T12:04:16+05:30

Reigning world champion PV Sindhu has got an easy passage to the quarterfinals but her compatriot Saina Nehwal was not as fortunate, drawing a tougher first-round opponent in the prestigious All England Championships.

The tournament is scheduled to be played in Birmingham from March 17-21.

The 2021 All England Open will be the second tournament this year to offer ranking points to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, after the Swiss Open.

According to the draw released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Tuesday, Olympic silver medallist Sindhu will kick off her campaign in the women's singles with a clash against Malaysia's Soniia Cheah.

Provided she wins here initial rounds, Sindhu could face Japan's Akane Yamaguchi in the quarterfinals and arch-rival Carolina Marin in the semifinals.

Marin has been given top billing for the tournament while Sindhu is seeded 5th.

London Olympics bronze medallist Saina has drawn the in-form Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark in her first round women's singles match.

Commonwealth Games gold medallist Parupalli Kashyap has also got a tough draw as he locks horn with world No. 1 Japanese Kento Momota in his opener.

In other men's singles matches, Kidambi Srikanth is set to face the formidable Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia in the opening round while world championships bronze medallist B Sai Praneeth will take on France's Toma Junior Popov.

The Indian shutters are scheduled to play in the Swiss Open, which starts form March 3, before the All England championships.

Saina and Srikanth will have more time to make the Tokyo Olympics with the BWF extending the qualification period.

All England Open 2021 draw for Indian players:

Women's Singles
PV Sindhu vs Soniia Cheah (Malaysia)
Saina Nehwal vs Mia Blichfeldt (Denmark)

Men's Singles
Kidambi Srikanth vs Tommy Sugiarto (Indonesia)
Parupalli Kashyap vs Kento Momota (Japan)
Lakshya Sen vs Kantaphon Wangcharoen (Thailand)
HS Prannoy vs Liew Daren (Malaysia)
Sameer Verma vs Ygor Coelho (Brazil)
B Sai Praneeth vs Toma Junior Popov (France)

Men's Doubles
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty vs Eloi Adam/Julien Maio (France)
MR Arjun/Dhruv Kapila vs Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi (Malaysia)

Women's Doubles
Ashwini Ponnappa/ N Sikki Reddy vs Benyapa Aimsaard/Nuntakarn Aimsaard (Thailand)
Meghana Jakkampudi/Poorvisha Ram vs Alexandre Boje/Mette Poulsen (Denmark)
Ashwini Bhat/Shikha Gautam vs Chloe Birch/Lauren Smith (England)


Mixed Doubles
Dhruv Kapila/Meghana Jakkampudi vs Praveen Jordan/Melati Oktavianti (Indonesia)
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/ Ashwini Ponnappa vs Yuki Kaneko/Misaki Matsutomo (Japan)
Pranaav Jerry Chopra/ N Sikki Reddy vs Max Flynn/Jessica Pugh (England).

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