Saina to spearhead Indian challenge at All England Open

March 2nd, 2009 - 9:26 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) India’s top woman shuttler Saina Nehwal will be back in action Tuesday at the Yonex All England Open Super Series badminton after recovering from a shoulder injury.
The 19-year-old Saina was advised two weeks of rest by physio Heath Matthews and had to miss the nationals last month.

And now the world No.10 finds herself in a tough opener against fourth-seed Frenchwoman Hongyan PI, who finished runner up at Korea Super Series and was semi-finalist at Malaysia Super Series last month. Saina, on the other hand, made an early exit in Korea but made the quarters in Malaysia.

In the men’s section, world No.13 Chetan Anand and Arvind Bhat will lead the Indian challenge.

A quarter-final appearance at the Yonex German Open last week will give Anand the much needed boost after recovering from a thigh injury that also forced him to miss the nationals. In the first round, Anand will face Andrew Smith of England while Pawar will meet Englishman Carl Baxter.

In the women’s doubles, Jwala Gutta and Shruti Kurian will face Malaysians Pek Siah Lim and Chiou Hwee Hawin.

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