Indian badminton shows maturity at BWF World Championships

It was a concerted effort spearheaded by Kidambi Srikanth, PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Sai Praneeth that took India to the forefront.

Indian shuttlers have distinguished themselves at the BWF World Championship. Photo credit: Andy Buchanan / AFP

The BWF World Championships 2017 is a meeting of the finest badminton players and this time, India looks determined to make their mark. The return of badminton in the country has been gradually building steam and this time around, India has sent its largest ever contingent to represent the nation at Glasgow, Scotland.

Monday saw the start of the tournament and Kidambi Srikanth played an instrumental role to India’s winning start at the Emirates Stadium. He was the favourite in his match against recent Russian GP winner, Sergey Sirant who was looking to stir things up. His run continued in the coming days as he beat Lucas Corvee of France to reach the pre-quarterfinals.

Sai Praneeth was another who shone in the men’ singles, helping to make it seven wins out of eight matches and an excellent start for the nation. The 25-year-old defeated Hong Kong’s Wei Nan 21-18, 21-17 in a tightly fought encounter in the men’s singles and stole Day 3 by making a spectacular comeback to defeat Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia after trailing 12-18 in the deciding set.

Olympic silver medallist, PV Sindhu, made her entry on Day 2, smashing South Korea’s Kim Hyo Min 21-16, 21-14 to make it through to round 3 of the Championships.

Saina too joined in on the action, cutting through Switzerland’s unseeded Sabrina Jaquet 21-11, 21-12 with ease to move into Round 3 after receiving a first-round bye.

Day 1 of the tournament opened strong with Indian winning 7 out of the 8 matches and making their mark with wins in the men’s singles, women’s singles and women's and mixed doubles. The next day saw the Indian bastion holding strong with titans like PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth and B Sai Praneeth muscling their way into the pre-quarterfinal spots in singles events. With each of India’s champions now well ensconced in the Round of 16, there is sure to be plenty of action and win or lose, we now know that Indian badminton is sure to have made its presence felt on the international stage.

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