Nehwal, Srikanth lead Indian contingent

Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth lead a strong Indian contingent at the World Championships, which starts in Jakarta on Monday.

This year's event will be the first that India head to the world's showpiece event with two players in ranked in the top five, with Nehwal at second and Srikanth at third on the BWF rankings heading to Indonesia.

While this year's event will only be the second time that Srikanth takes part, having lost in the round of 16 against eventual winner Chen Long, Nehwal has struggled at the world meet, losing in the quarter-finals on five different occasions.

Second seed Nehwal has a bye into the second round this time around and starts her campaign against the winner of the match between Hong Kong's Cheung Ngan Yi and Kati Tolmoff of Estonia.

A likely opponent for the world number two in the pre-quarter-finals is 14th seed Sayaka Takahashi of Japan, while 2011 winner Wang Yihan could await her in the last eight.

"The draw is really tough with Sayaka Takahashi and Wang Yihan both in my half. They are very strong players, so let's see how it will be for me in this tournament. I hope I do well this time," the 25-year-old said Nehwal said ahead of the start of the tournament.

Third seed Srikanth, meanwhile, takes on Michael Fariman of Australia in the first round, while their compatriot and Commonwealth champion Parupalli Kashyap, the 10th seed, faces Dutchman Erik Meijs.

"My training was good. I believe that I am playing my best badminton. It's all about implementing it on court in the match now. Let's see how I play," Kashyap noted.

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