All England Open 2018 has been started in Birmingham from Today. Indian Top-seed women Saina Nehwal lost the opening game and being out by defending champion TAI Tzu Ying, who won the All England Open Badminton Championship Tournament in 2017. Since 2014, Saina has lost seven matches against the Chinese Taipei top-seed Tai Tzu Ying. Some others Indian top-seeds like PV Sindhu, K.Srikanth, H.S Prannoy etc. will also start their journey. Olympic medalist PV Sindhu will play against Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochung, who is one of the easiest Challenger for PV Sindhu, while male top-seed Srikanth has a great chance of reaching the Quarterfinals, Srikanth may face his friend HS Prannoy in the third round.
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In the women’s singles game Saina lost the match by 21-14 and 21-18 in straight sets. In women’s double contest Ponappa-Reddy 14-21 and 13-21 in the straight sets.
Defending champion Lee Chong Wei (men’s singles) once again start as favourite to finish on the top step of the podium on Sunday. This could be the last All-England to use the three-set 21-point rally scoring. And it could also be the last appearance for several old-timers, including defending champion Lee Chong Wei. A new service rule is expected to add a twist to this tournament, and the introduction of the total US$1mil (RM3.8mil) prize money is expected to spice up the oldest tournament in badminton history.
Notably, no Indian woman has managed to win this title in the tournament’s 120-year-history. Prakash Padukone (1980) and national head coach Pullela Gopichand (2001) are the only two men’s who have tasted success at All England Championships.