Saina Nehwal to spearhead strongest ever Indian squad at World Championship

India's best medal hopes - Saina Nehwal and Malaysian GP gold medallist P V Sindhu - would open their campaign with a bye and have received a decent draw in the women's singles event. According to the tournament rules, any player reaching the semi-final is assured of a bronze medal.

updated: July 31, 2013 18:22 IST
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New Delhi: Led by London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal, India will be fielding its strongest ever squad at the 2013 BWF World Championship to be played in Gungzhou, China from August 5-11.

Women's doubles combination of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa had ended India's 28-year-old medal drought at the World Championship by winning the bronze medal in 2011. Though they would not be seen in action in China, all eyes will be trained on world number three Saina to record her maiden podium finish in the tournament.

"Though Saina is obviously our best bet at the World Championship, this will be the first time that India would have two representatives in each of the five categories at the world championship and that is proof of how well our players are performing at the international circuit," Badminton Association of India (BAI) president Akhilesh Das Gupta said in a statement.

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