Former champions Saina Nehwal and Sourabh Verma will seem to locate their very best form when they start their quest to recover the women’s and men’s singles crowns in the Taipei BWF World Tour Super 300 starting with qualifiers on Tuesday. Best seed Saina returns into the championship for the first time since winning the title back in 2008, while reigning national champion Sourabh had attained the glory in 2016 and will look to repeat his accomplishment.
On a comeback trail since regaining fitness, former top 10 player H S Prannoy is just another Indian shuttler to be on the lookout for during the week, particularly after his victory over Chinese legend Lin Dan in the new World Championship at Basel, Switzerland.
World No 8 Saina appeared great in the World Championships prior to some controversial umpiring decisions contributed to her defeat to Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt final week.
Saina will confront Korea’s An Se Young at the opening round and looks favourite to lift the trophy although she’s very likely to face stiff competition in Canada’s next seed Michelle Li, USA’s third seed Beiwen Zhang and also Korea’s fourth seed Sung Ji Hyun amongst others. In men’s singles, Sourabh will appear to keep his momentum after his victory at the Hyderabad Open.
Amongst others, now rated 27th, Prannoy, who dropped a great deal of time after being struck by a tummy problem late this season, may fulfill local favorite Wang Tzu Wei at the initial round.
Women’s doubles set of Aparna Balan and Prajakta Sawant are from the fray. They’ll take on seeds Chow Mei Kuan and Lee Meng Yean of Malaysia from the initial round.