Reigning world champion P.V. Sindhu has got an easy passage to the quarterfinals but her compatriot Saina Nehwal was not as fortunate, drawing a tougher first-round opponent in the prestigious All-England Championships.

The tournament is scheduled to be played in Birmingham from March 17-21.

The 2021 All-England Open will be the second tournament this year to offer ranking points to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, after the Swiss Open.

According to the draw released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Tuesday, Olympic silver medallist Sindhu will kick off her campaign in the women’s singles with a clash against Malaysia’s Soniia Cheah.

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Provided she wins here initial rounds, Sindhu could face Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the quarterfinals and arch-rival Carolina Marin in the semifinals.

Marin has been given top billing for…

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