The Indian contingent, featuring accomplished Olympic medalists PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy, is eagerly anticipating their participation in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Championships draw. The draw event is set to take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with the schedule set for Thursday at 12:30 PM IST, according to Olympics.com. PV Sindhu, seeded 16th, is the sole Indian player in the women’s singles competition draw for the 2023 BWF World Championships, as Saina Nehwal withdrew from the event.
Sindhu, a reigning world champion from the 2019 edition, has an impressive record at the World Championships, with silver medals in 2017 and 2018, as well as bronze medals in 2013 and 2014, establishing her as the most successful Indian player in the history of the championship. Despite her illustrious track record, Sindhu has faced a challenging year, struggling to progress beyond the opening round in seven out of 14 BWF World Tour tournament appearances during the ongoing season.
HS Prannoy, the ninth seed, holds the highest seeding among Indian male shuttlers in the men’s singles competition, followed closely by the 11th seed, Lakshya Sen, who is also the Commonwealth Games champion. Both players have secured bronze medals at previous editions of the BWF World Championships. In contrast, Kidambi Srikanth, who clinched silver at the Huelva 2021 World Championships, will enter the draw as an unseeded contender.
Turning to the men’s doubles category, the successful Indian pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy will assume the second seed position, trailing behind the Indonesian duo of Fajar Alfian Muhammad Rian Ardianto, the reigning All-England champions. In the women’s doubles competition, the Indian pair comprising Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand holds the 16th seed.
The BWF World Championships 2023 is scheduled to take place from August 21 to 27 in Copenhagen, Denmark, offering a platform for these Indian badminton talents to showcase their skills and compete on the international stage.
In summary, the Indian contingent for the BWF World Championships 2023 includes:
- Men’s singles: HS Prannoy, Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanth
- Women’s singles: PV Sindhu
- Men’s doubles: Chirag Shetty/Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, MR Arjun/Dhruv Kapila
- Women’s doubles: Treesa Jolly/Gayatri Gopichand, Ashwini Bhat K/Shikha Gautam
- Mixed doubles: Rohan Kapoor/N Sikki Reddy, Venkat Prasad/Juhi Dewangan.
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