India up for World Champs challenge

Women’s world number two Saina Nehwal and men’s world No. 3 Kidambi Srikanth will lead the Indian charge to do well in the championships.

Ashwini Ponnappa, PV Sindhu and Jwala Gutta will also be part of the Indian team along with Parupalli Kashyap and HS Prannoy.

Should things go according to plan for Nehwal, she will face Sayaka Takahashi of Japan in the pre-quarter-finals and if she wins could face sixth seed Wang Yihan of China. 

In the men's singles, third seed Srikanth will face Michael Fariman of Australia in the first round, while Parupalli Kashyap will play Erik Meijs of The Netherlands.

HS Prannoy returns to action from a foot injury and play Alex Yuwan Tjong of Brazil.

Sindhu will take on the winner of the match between Denmark's Line Kjaersfeldt and Irish Chloe Magee in the second round. 

If she wins then a match against former world no 1 Li Xuerui of China awaits her.