PV Sindhu and Lakshya Sen
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The last time the All England Badminton title was won by Pullela Gopichand was in 2001. Since then no Indian shuttler has won this prestigious tournament. Although the last time Lakshya Sen and Saina Nehwal reached the final here in 2015, they could not clear the final hurdle. The onus will be on the pair of Lakshya Sen, PV Sindhu and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty to end their title drought at the tournament starting on Tuesday, but Lakshya and Sindhu will face tough opponents from the first round itself.
Tough draw for Sindhu
P.V. Sindhu won the Commonwealth Games title here in the month of August. His injury is also deep here. Later he also had to be operated on his ankle. Sindhu has not been spotted in rhythm since the surgery. He had to face defeat in the first round of Malaysia and India Open. Here in the first round she will face China’s Zhang Yi Maan. In front of whom there is a score of 1-1. She is likely to face He He Bing Jiao of China in the second round and Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals.