Top seeds Saina leads the Indian Challenge where 7 Indians are participate in 6 events. Saina is yet to win title at Paris while Sindhu has a tough job at hand despite a good past head-to-head record. There are many questions for Indians. Can Saina win her first French Open? Can Sindhu continue her good run against Shixian? Can Srikanth finally win against Houwei after 3 losses in 2015? Who will be India’s best performer? Check the first day schedule and head-to-head record against opponents.
Saina, Kashyap, HS Prannoy, Jwala/Ashwini will meet their opponents first time. Srikanth has never won against Houwei, two-time defending champion Shixian Wang has a reason to fear Sindhu, while Jayaram has equal record against Vittinghus.
1st Round Schedule for Indians (Time in IST)
12.30. Saina (top seed) vs Michelle LI (Canada)
12.50 Kashyap (8th seed) vs Thomas ROUXEL (France)
13:35 Srikanth (5th seed) vs Houwei Tian (China)
15.05 Jwala Gutta/Ashwini Ponnappa vs Thai pair
15:45 HS Prannoy vs Lin Dan (3rd seed China)
17:15 PV Sindhu vs Shixian Wang (4th seed China)
23:45 Ajay Jayaram vs Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (Denmark)
Unseeded Houwei defeated Srikanth (4th seeds in all matches)
Tian Houwei is undeeded but has won all the three matches he played against seeded Srikanth. They will meet for the 4th time this year.
- Korea Open (9/16/2015) 12-21 21-13 21-17
Star Australian Open (5/28/2015) 18-21 21-17 21-13
Malaysia Open (4/2/2015) 21-14 21-18
Shixian vs Sindhu
Shixian Wang is eyeing a hattrick title win at French Open after winning consecutively in 2013 and 2014. PV Sindhu is one of the competitors whom Shixian Wang may be wary of despite being one of the top women shuttler of current period. Sindhu Leads Shixian 4-2 in career meets, that includes her last win at BWF World Championships 2014 when Shixian was 2nd seed.
- BWF World Championships (8/29/2014) Sindhu won 21-19 19-21 15-21
Badminton Asia Championships (4/26/2014) Sindhu lost 15-21 22-20 21-12
Sunrise India Open (4/2/2014) Sindhu lost 21-15 12-21 21-10
Swiss Open (3/14/2014) Sindhu won 17-21 15-21
World Championships (8/9/2013) Sindhu won 18-21 17-21
Badminton Asia Championships (4/18/2013) Sindhu won 21-15 14-21 20-22
Ajay Jayaram vs Hans-Kristian VITTINGHUS (Denmark)
Jayaram has emerged winner in their last two matches when they met in 2011. Overall they have 2 win each.
- Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold (3/17/2011) Jayaram won 15-21 23-21 21-19
All England Open (3/8/2011) Jayaram won 17-21 21-15 22-20
Bitburger Open (10/1/2008) Jayaram lost 12-21 11-21
Denmark Open Jayaram lost the qualifier