India will play with the strongest ever squad at the 2013 BWF World Championship in Gungzhou, China. The matches will start from August 5-11.
In 2011 World Championship, India’s women’s doubles team - Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa won a bronze medal after 28 years. Unfortunately this year, they would not be playing together in China.
All eyes would be at world number three player Saina Nehwal for her maiden medal in the championship. “Though Saina is obviously our best bet at the World Championship, this will be the first time that India would have two representatives in each of the five categories at the world championship and that is proof of how well our players are performing at the International Circuit”, said Dr Akhilesh Das Gupta, President Badminton Association of India.
There are no qualification round in the world Championship; only players who are in top 50 world rankings are eligible to participate while this year’s strong Indian force is enough to prove that India is becoming a superpower in World Badminton. “The members of the Indian squad are training hard for the championship and I have no doubt that all of them will make the country proud with their performance,” the BAI President added.
“I don’t want to think too far ahead and will like to take things one match at a time. I had been working very hard for the last few weeks and I hope to be at my best in China,” Saina Nehwal said.
"I think the younger crop is coming along well and it is a matter of time before they start producing good results. I am particularly sure of our doubles combinations making impact at the international level," Chief National Coach Pullela Gopi Chand said.
Pranaav Jerry Chopra, Akshay Dewalkar, Tarun Kona, Arun Vishnu, Aparna Balan, Nelakurthi Siki Reddy, Ashwini Ponnappa and Pradnya Gadre will form the doubles teams in the championship. However, India's recent doubles performances are not impressive while it is much impressive in singles with eight male shuttlers in top 50.
"I think Pradnya and Ashwini have started to do well in the women's doubles. They are already in the top 30 (World No.27) and if you look at the results, they are encouraging. I expect them to do even better in the foreseeable future. Saina has a good chance of returning with a medal as she has recovered from her niggles and prepared well for the tournament," the chief coach added.
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