Sindhu to face Pornpawee
Birmingham: Saina Nehwal faces her nemesis Tai Tzu Ying in the first round while PV Sindhu has got an easy opener against Thailand's Pornpawee Chochuwong after the Indian shuttlers were handed a tricky draw at the $1000,000 All England Championship next month.
World No 11 Saina, who had reached the finals at the 2015 All England Championship and lost to the Taiwanese World No 1 Tai Tzu at the Indonesia Open last month, will get a chance to avenge her loss and better her dismal head-to-head record against the defending champion.
Sindhu is expected to cross the first hurdle without much of a problem and in that case, she may get a chance to settle scores with American Beiwen Zhang Zhang in a likely second round clash. Zhang had defeated Sindhu at the India Open final.
World No. 3 Kidambi Srikanth, also seeded third, had a rampaging run last season when he won four titles and he would face Frenchman Brice Leverdez in the opening round of the BWF World Tour Super 1000 tournament slated for March 14-18.