The draw ceremony for the 2015 BWF World Championships was held in Jakarta on Tuesday. With all the big names related to BWF and Indonesian sport present, the ceremony was well organized. As the badminton fraternity waited with bated breath, the draws for the marquee event were made public.
Keeping in line with the World rankings, Chen Long was seeded 1 in the draw and Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark placed in the other end of the Men’s singles. Five time World Champion, 5th seeded Lin Dan was also placed in the same half as the Dane with a quarter-final clash between them likely if things go according to script.
Two time Olympic silver medalist Lee Chong Wei and India’s latest superstar K. Srikanth are also in the same half with a last-8 meeting likely between the two. Defending champion Chen Long should be pleased with the draw. His toughest opponents should be Kento Momota and Viktor Axelsen. P. Kashyap has been handed a tough draw with Kento Momota in the pre-quarters if both of them make it. Party spoiler HS Prannoy might have to face Dane Viktor Axelsen at a similar stage in the draw.
Check out the full Men’s Singles draw here.
In the Women’s singles, Carolina Marin and Saina Nehwal have been seeded one and two respectively. Both of them have got the byes in the first round, but Saina might have to face Wang Yihan in the quarter-finals, an encounter the Indian has never enjoyed.The other Indian in the fray, PV Sindhu has also been given a first round bye. She too wouldn’t be really pleased with her draw, a clash with No.3 seed Li Xuerui looming large.
The Doubles’ draw also came out as expected, with Yong Dae/Yeon Seong given the top billing in the Men’s Doubles. Rapidly improving Indian pair of Manu Atri/Sumeeth Reddy have a tricky draw with a first round match against Cai Yun/Lu Kai and a last 16 clash with second seeds Boe/Mogensen. The other pair of Jerry Chopra/Akshay Dewalkar will meet the “Mads” pair in the 2nd round.
Check out the full Men’s Doubles Draw here.
In form Indian Women’s doubles pair Sikki Reddy/Pradnya Gadre also have a tricky draw with seeded players all around them. 2011 bronze medalists Jwala Gutta/Ashwini Ponnappa have a bye in the first round but will have to get past eighth seeds Kakiiwa/Maeda in the last 16.
Check out the full Women’s Doubles Draw here.
Favourites Zhang Nan/Zhang Yunlei and Xu Chen/Ma Jin have been given first and second seeds in the Mixed Doubles with the prospect of an All Chinese final very much possible. The 2nd seeds will have to deal with Sikki Reddy/Tarun Kona in the 3rd round, the runners-up at the Russian Open. Arun Vishnu and Aparna Balan play Dremin/Dimova in the first round.
Check out the full Mixed Doubles Draw here.