Indian shuttlers face stiff test at Asian Championships


HYDERABAD, April 23: Fresh from their success in Commonwealth Games, Indian shuttlers arrived in Wuhan for a severe test in the continental championships.
Despite shining bright at various events the Indians are found wanting at the Badminton Asia Championships which begins on Tuesday. As almost all the top world shuttlers are from Asia the field is always quite strong at this championships.
None of the shuttlers from the current lot including star shuttlers PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth have won this title so far.
After a dominant show at CWG, Saina and Sindhu face a tough challenge in Wuhan. The going gets tougher for Saina from the second round where she is likely to face world champion Nozomi Okhura of Japan or China’s Fangjie Gao. If she clears that hurdle she may play Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in the quarterfinals. (TNN)