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.
Kidambi Srikanth playing Sergey Sirant at Total BWF World Championship today.— Swamy Prasanna (@jssprasanna) August 21, 2017
@srikidambi beats Russia’s Sergey Sirant 21-13, 21-12 in opening round of World Badminton ChampionshipAugust 21, 2017
@srikidambi it's a very good victory mate in the straight sets .. 3 more to go— Vatsy™ (@vatsan_18) August 23, 2017
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.
World Badminton Championships: Sai Praneeth beats Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia 14-21, 21-18, 21-19 to reach pre-quarterfinals— Praneet Singh???? (@Praneet1996) August 23, 2017
Sai Praneeth wins after trailing 12-18 in the decider. Indian contingent on a roll so far in WCh. Hope for something bigger this time.— Murphy (@radiowalakid) August 23, 2017
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.
PV sindhu,Sai Praneeth through to 3rd round of #bwfworldchampionships— Arun (@csannukr) August 22, 2017
Good chance for Indian badminton men singles this time in #BWF2017— Vivek (@vivekdk) August 23, 2017
P.V.SINDHU enters in to the 3rd round of world badminton championship 2017.??????????— Rahul (@Rahule272) August 22, 2017
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.
World Badminton Championships: Saina Nehwal beats Sabrina Jaquet of Switzerland 21-11, 21-12 to reach pre-quarterfinals— Bismi Raja (@Bismiraja) August 23, 2017
What a Apathy
"Sabrina Jaquet" trending on Twitter instead of Saina Nehwal.— anshul chavhan (@anshul_chavhan) August 23, 2017
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.
Best Wishes to Saina,Sindhu,Shrikant and other Indians in the World Championships at Glasgow.— Gautam Roy (@gautamfootball) August 22, 2017
"PV Sindhu" Saina Nehwal n Srikanth Kidambi have together raised Indian flag higher than it ever was.Kudos. pic.twitter.com/loINK75GVj— Raj Mohan Khurana (@RajThebookman) August 22, 2017