Saina Nehwal leads a record Indian field in All England Championship

Saina's younger colleague and rising shuttler P V Sindhu too will start in the main draw for the first time and will meet Ongbamrungphan Busanan of Thailand in the opening round, whom she had beaten at the Badminton Asia Youth Under 19 Championships last year.

updated: March 04, 2013 12:59 IST
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Birmingham: Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal will return to Great Britain with a renewed hope of clinching the prestigious All England title but a tough draw awaits her in the women's singles of the Super Series Premier event, which starts with the qualifiers on Tuesday.

Ever since 2007, Saina has been playing in the USD 400,000 All England Championship and her best performance so far is a semifinal finish at the 2010 edition.

In the last two years, Saina reached the quarterfinals of the event before being humbled by lower-ranked players and the second seeded Indian will have to be on her guard this year as well.

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