New Delhi, August 21, 2023 – With the much-anticipated Badminton World Championships set to kick off tomorrow, all eyes are on India’s top players as they vie for victory on the global stage. The dynamic duo of HS Prannoy and Lakshya Sen will spearhead India’s quest for medals in the BWF World Championships.
Adding to the excitement is the spotlight on Satwiksaraj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, India’s premier doubles pair ranked at world No. 2. The pair has captured the attention of fans and experts alike, aiming to exceed their previous achievements and elevate the bronze medal they secured in the last edition of the Championships.
One athlete who has consistently come close to securing a podium finish is HS Prannoy. The talented player reached the quarterfinals in both the 2021 and 2022 editions. Bolstered by his recent triumph at the Malaysia Masters and a strong performance at the Australian Open, Prannoy is entering the tournament in excellent form, setting the stage for a promising run.
Lakshya Sen, who clinched the bronze in the 2021 Championships, is determined to surpass his previous accomplishment. However, the road ahead presents challenges, especially considering the unpredictable performances of Kidambi Srikanth this season, whose game has faltered at critical junctures.
The esteemed PV Sindhu, a former champion and five-time medalist, has received a bye in the initial rounds. Her opening match could potentially see her facing off against former champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan, adding an extra layer of anticipation to the Championships.
The spotlight also shines brightly on the accomplished doubles pair of Satwiksaraj and Shetty. With victories at prestigious tournaments like the Indonesia Open, Asia Championships, Swiss Open, and Korea Open earlier this year, they are poised to make a deep impact on the tournament.
As fans and enthusiasts gear up for the Badminton World Championships, the performance of these talented athletes is anticipated to be nothing short of electrifying. With a mix of established players and rising stars, India’s contingent holds the promise of delivering an exciting spectacle on the global badminton stage.