Senior National Championship(Badminton)
NAGPUR: Almost all the top Indian shuttlers, including K Srikanth, P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, will be seen in action in the seven-day Senior National Badminton Championship which begins in Nagpur on Thursday.
Besides Olympic medallists Sindhu and Saina, the championship will see the in-orm Srikanth who is in red-hot form after becoming the first Indian and fourth in the world to win four Super Series titles in a calendar.
No doubt, Srikanth will be the favourite to win the title in the men’s singles.
In the women’s singles, Saina and Sindhu may clash in some stage, which will be a rare ocassion for the badminton fans to relish.
Other top Indian shuttlers who will be taking part in the championships include H S Prannoy, Ajay Jayaram, Sai Praneeth B, Sameer Verma, Sourabh Verma, Parupalli Kashyap and Danial Farid in men’s singles and Rituparna Das and Anura Prabhudesai in women’s singles.
Over 400 players from 29 states and 2 union territories will take part in the event.
Srikanth, Prannoy, Jayaram, Sai Praneeth, Verma brothers, Kashyap and Farid have been given direct entry to the pre-quarterfinals in men’s singles. Similarly, Sindhu, Saina, Rituparna and Anura will start the tournament from the pre-quarterfinals in women’s singles.