India's Commonwealth Games Gold medalists PV Sindhu and Lakshya Sen will have their task cut out at the BWF World Championships, starting August 21 in Tokyo. In what is the biggest prize of the year in badminton, Indian shuttlers need to step up and deliver to stand a chance of finishing on the podium.

PV Sindhu, who will return to the city where she won her 2nd Olympic medal last year, is projected to face World No. 3 An Se Young in the quarter-finals. Sindhu, who won the women's singles Gold at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, has not managed to beat the South Korean sensation in 5 meetings on the tour.

Sindhu has lost to An twice this year, which includes a straight-game defeat in the group stage of Uber Cup in May. in fact, Sindhu has not managed to take a game against An in any of their 5


On the other hand, Meanwhile, 2019 World Championships bronze medalist Sai Praneeth will be up against 4th seed Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan in a tough opening-round battle.

12th seed Kidambi Srikanth, who won silver medal in Huelva last year, will face Nhat Ngugen in his opening round and is projected to face 5th seed Lee Zii Jia in the Round of 16. Notably, the Malaysian star took a break from the Commonwealth Games to manage his workload ahead of the World Championships.

On the other hand, 9th seed Lakshya Sen, the highest-ranked Indian shuttler in the men's singles draw, will open his campaign against Hans Kristan Solberg.

HS Prannoy, who has been in fine form in the ongoing season, is projected to face No. 2 seed Kento Momota as early as the 2nd round.
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