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Category: Badminton News Published: 20 January 2014
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India's number one badminton player Saina Nehwal has been awarded a relatively easy draw in the USD 120,000 India Grand Prix Gold tournament starting on Tuesday.

Saina Nehwal can make up for a poor 2013 with a title win on home soil at the USD 120,000 India Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament starting at the Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium here Tuesday.Saina Nehwal has been pretty sluggish at the international stage lately.

This is top seed Saina's best chance to start the New Year with a title, given the relatively easy draw. After retiring at match-point from the first round here last season, the World No.8 could come out on top in the field dominated with local players.


The top seed will face Swedish World No.117 Matilda Petersen in Round 1 but her first real challenge will come in the quarterfinals where she is likely to take on Indonesian Bellaetrix Manuputty. Though Saina has a 3-0 record against the fifth seed, she has been struggling to find form and will have to bring out her best for a win.

Next up will be Thai third seed Nichaon Jindapon in the semis and Saina's 2-0 record will help her confidence against the Thai. If all goes well, the Olympic bronze medallist will be up against fellow Hyderabadi and second seed P.V. Sindhu in the final.

Though Saina has had two wins against the World Championship bronze medallist in the Indian Badminton League (IBL), they are yet to play in an official Badminton World Federation (BWF) tournament. Given the draw, this Sunday could spell out a dream final for badminton aficionados when both chief national coach Pullela Gopichand's star proteges face each other.

In the men's draw, defending champion Parupalli Kashyap has been seeded No.1. The World No.20 will face former national champion Anup Sridhar in the first round and if all goes according to seedings, Kashyap will be up against Mumbai's second seed Ajay Jayaram in the final.

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