All England Open 2018: Schedule of India’s first round matches, start time, telecast and how to watch online
After a lull, the world’s best shuttlers will be back in action on Wednesday, March 14 as the 108th edition of the All England Open gets under way at Birmingham. The Indian challenge is led by the top trio of PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal.
Nehwal has the most experience at this tournament, having reached the final in 2015. But the former World No. 1 also has the toughest draw this time with her first round opponent being the top seed and World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying.
Sindhu’s best record at the world’s oldest badminton tournament is a quarter-final finish, which she achieved last year. The India No. 1 has a relatively comfortable opener against the former World Junior Championships silver medallist Pornpawee Chochuwong.
Among the three, Kidambi Srikanth has the easiest draw. The Guntur-born ace has never managed to make it past the second round and would be eager to better his record this time. He takes on the 23rd ranked Brice Leverdez in the first round.
Indian shuttlers will also be fighting it out in men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles sections.
Here is all the information you need to know
Tournament name: Yonex All England Open 2018
Started in: 1899
Category: BWF World Tour Super 1000
Total prize money: $1,000,000
Venue: Arena Birmingham, UK
Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Schedule of India’s matches:
Men’s singles -
(3) Kidambi Srikanth vs Brice Leverdez at approx 5.15pm
B Sai Praneeth vs (5) Son Wan Ho at 7.30pm
HS Prannoy vs (8) Chou Tien Chen at 11.30pm
Women’s singles -
Saina Nehwal vs (1) Tai Tzu Ying at 3.40pm
(4) PV Sindhu vs Pornpawee Chochuwong at 7.30pm
Men’s doubles -
Manu Attri & B Sumeeth Reddy vs Marcus Ellis & Chris Langridge at approx 7.15pm
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy & Chirag Shetty vs Takuro Hoki & Yugo Kobayashi at 00.50am (March 15)
Women’s doubles -
N Sikki Reddy & Ashwini Ponnappa vs (2) Misaki Matsutomo & Ayaka Takahashi at approx 4.15pm
Meghana Jakkampudi & Poorvisha S Ram vs (5) Shiho Tanaka & Koharu Yonemoto at 4.30pm
Mixed doubles -
Pranaav Jerry Chopra & N Sikki Reddy vs Marvin Emil Seidel & Linda Efler at 8.10pm
(All timings in Indian Standard Time)
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