Indian Open draw sees No.1 seed Saina handed easy run to semi-finals

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London Olympics bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal has been seeded number one in the upcoming Yonex Sunrise Indian Open badminton tournament, and given a relatively easy draw in the women's singles event.

The Indian shuttler will face unseeded Idonesian Belaetrix Manuputi in the opening round, the same opponent that Saina played in the All England Badminton pre-quarterfinals last month.

Saina might face some competition from her compatriot and number eight seed, P V Sindhu, in what looks like a clear run to the semi-finals where she could line-up against current number eight in the world Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand.

The last time the two competitors met was in the semi-finals of the All England Championships, with Intanon - who is seeded third in this year's Indian Open - coming out on top.

Saina, meanwhile, attained a career best ranking of number two in the world by the Badminton World Federation in December 2010. But, at the tender age of 23, the first Indian to win a medal in Badminton at the Olympics is tipped for an even brighter future.

The Yonex Sunrise Indian Open badminton tournament starts on Tuesday 23 April and runs for six days until Sunday 28 April.



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