Tournament will be played in Birmingham from March 6 to 10
Carolina Marin and Chong Wei will not be able to get off due to being unhealthy
Indian women draw hard, Sindhu will face world number-11 Sung Ji Hun in the first round
Cristi Gilmore's challenge in the first round against Saina
Sports desk In Birmingham, UK, from 6 to 10 March Badminton's Grand Slam is to be compared to the All England Championship to be called. The draw has been drawn for which players will present the challenge. 4 Indian shuttlecases will present in the tournament 4 and Women's Singles at the Men's Singles Event of the tournament. Among the Indians, B Sai Praneeth and HS Pranava will be in front of each other on the court in the first round. In such a way, the journey of either of them is already complete in the round. Both will be in front of each other on the court six years later. Right now, the path of the country's number female shuttle PV Sindhu is not easy.
Pranav won two matches against Praneeth
Pranav is the world's 19th and Prune 28th Men Men Shuttle at this time. Both have been face-to-face on the court three times so far at the international level. Of these, Pranav won two and Praneeth won once. Praneeth won the Syed Modi Memorial tournament on 16 December 2009 against Prannav in an international tournament. The last encounter between the two was held in the 2013 Tata Open India International Challenge. Then Pranav defeated Praneeth 21-19, 21-10.
Kidambi got seventh position in tournament
In addition to Pranab-Praneeth, Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma in Men's Singles will present the Indian challenge. Kidambi has been given the seventh seed in the tournament. In their first round, they will face France's Brice Levedes. Kidambi's world ranking is eight and Brice has 26. Both will be on the court against each other for the third time. Earlier, Kidambi defeated Brice on both occasions. The last time was between two between 29-06-2018 at Selkom Malaysia Open. Kidambi was successful in winning the match 21-18, 21-14.
Sameer will encounter Victor Eksen in the first round
Sameer will face Denmark's badminton player Victor Exxen in the first round. Sameer-Victor has been face-to-face twice on the court till now and both times the Indian shuttle had to face defeat. The last time was between the two at the Indonesia Open on 05-07-2018. Victor defeated Sameer 21-15, 21-14 in that match. Sameer's current world ranking is 13 and Victor has 6. Looking at the previous record, Sameer will not be easy to cross the first round challenge.
Sindhu's last year's semifinalist fifth seed
Apart from PV Sindhu in Women's Singles, Saina Nehwal will be an Indian challenge. Sindhu had reached the semi-final in the last season of the tournament. However, this time their way is not easy. World's sixth female shuttler got the 5th position in the tournament. In his first round, the world's 11th number shuttleer has to face South Korea's Sung Ji Hun. The win is a 8-6 record against Sindhu's Sung. The last time they were face-to-face on the court in November last year. Then the Indian shuttle had to face defeat 24-26, 20-22.
Saina's first match from Christie Gilmour of Scotland
Saina Nehwal has been given the 8th position in Women's Singles. His first round is to compete against Cristi Gilmour of Scotland. Saina's record against Christie is much better. There has been a clash between the two so far six times. Every time Indian shuttlers have succeeded in winning. Saina and Christie are also ranked 19th in the rankings. Saina is currently world number 9, while Christie is at number 28. Looking at the old record, Saina can be said to have no problem in crossing the first round.