Badminton Draw—Tokyo Olympics: Tricky draw for Sindhu, Praneeth, Satwik-Chirag - LIVE updates, fixtures, blog, who plays who?
Tough draw handed to the Tokyo-bound Indian shuttlers - PV Sindhu, Sai Praneeth and Satwik-Chirag. Medal hopes will be really tricky now.
With two weeks remaining before the Musashino Forest Sports Plaza transforms into the hunting ground for ambitious shuttlers at the Tokyo Olympics, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) will decide the fate of the proceedings today. Scheduled to take place between 24th July to 2nd August, badminton at the Tokyo Summer Olympics will feature five categories - men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's doubles and finally, mixed doubles.
For India, the badminton draw will play an important role and help predict the chances of the shuttlers setting sail for Tokyo. Led by 2016 Rio silver medallist PV Sindhu and followed by other Olympic debutants like B. Sai Praneeth and the doubles duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty, the draw will play a crucial factor.
The full badminton draw is out now - tough chances for all Indian shuttlers
First, in the Women's Singles, sixth-seeded PV Sindhu is placed in Group J and will have to sail past opponents from Hong Kong China and Israel before moving onto the knock-out stages. Once there, she will potentially face Mia Blichfeldt, followed by Akane Yamaguchi in the quarters, Tai Tzu-ying in the semis and finally, Chen Yufei in the finals.
Second, in the Men's Singles, the thirteenth-seeded Sai Praneeth has a very tricky draw and is placed in Group D. In the group stages, he will have to brave past opponents from Israel and Netherlands. The knockout stages are incredibly demanding of Praneeth as he will have to face Ng Ka Long Angus in the Round of 16, followed by Kento Momota in the quarters, either Viktor Axelsen or Jonatan Christie in the semis and lastly, Chou Tien Chen or Anders Antonsen in the finals.
Lastly, the most difficult group stages draw has been dealt to the dynamic doubles duo of Satwik-Chirag. Placed in Group A, Satwik-Chirag have the World No. 1 Indonesian duo - the Minions to worry about. They also have the Chinese Taipei pair of Lee Yang-Wang Chi-Lin and the British combine of Ben Lane and Sean Vendy to combat with.
Follow all our updates here:
- 8 July 2021 2:44 PM GMT
Finally, Sai Praneeth, provided he manages to get past the group stages will have a lot of tricky opponents on his plate to deal with.
Round of 16 - NG Ka Long Angus
Quarter-final - Kento Momota
Semi-final - Anders Antonsen/Viktor Axelsen
Final - Chou Tien Chen
Phew, this is an incredibly difficult line-up for the 13th seed!
- 8 July 2021 2:39 PM GMT
Once PV Sindhu sails past the group stages, she is expected to clash against Denmark's Mia Blichfeldt in the Round of 16, followed by a quarter-final clash against either Japan's Akane Yamaguchi or South Korea's Kim Ga Eun. Moving ahead, Sindhu will quite a few tough nuts to crack as World No. 1 Tai Tzu-ying will await her in the semi-finals and a delicious clash against Chen Yufei, the Numero Uno seed awaits her for a chance at the gold medal!
- 8 July 2021 2:34 PM GMT
Finally, in the men's singles, the 13th seeded Sai Praneeth will have to play smartly against Netherland's Mark Caljouw who has been a semi-finalist at the recently-concluded All England Open 2021. Other than that, Praneeth also has Israel's Misha Zilberman to worry about.
Prediction for Group Stage: If Sai Praneeth manages to go past Caljouw, he will be having it easy. Let's hope for the best.
- 8 July 2021 2:32 PM GMT
PV Sindhu can breathe a sigh of relief as she doesn't have any major threats in her half of the draw. Placed in Group J, Sindhu will hope to sail past her opponents from Hong Kong China and Israel.
The sixth-seeded Sindhu has to fare well against Hong Kong China's Cheung Ngan Yi and Israel's Ksenia Polikarpova.
Prediction for Group Stage: It should be smooth sailing for the 2016 Rio Games silver medallist. Easy draw.
- 8 July 2021 2:28 PM GMT
Here's a quick recap of the draws featuring the Tokyo-bound Indian shuttlers
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty [World No. 10] will have to pitch their everything to get past formidable opponents like Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/ Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo [World No. 1] , Chinese Taipei's - Lee Yang/ Wang Chi-Lin [World No. 3] and Great Britain's Ben lane/ Sean Vendy [World No. 18]
Prediction for Group Stage: Satwik-Chirag have been handed an incredibly tricky draw and it would be a miracle if they manage to pull off an upset and get into the knockout rounds. Very tough luck, sadly.