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Chen Yufei, Shi Yuqi given top seeds for India Open

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Newly-crowned champion and defending men's singles champion have been given the top billing at Open which begins at the Stadium here on March 26.

After eight successful years at the Siri Fort Complex, this time the USD 350, 000 tournament will not only have a brand-new address but is also set to welcome the biggest ever Chinese Contingent.

Having upset World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying in the final of last week, World No. 2 Yufei will command a lot of attention as she battles it out with India's very best at this World Tour Super 500 event.

The main draw of women's singles has as many as six Chinese shuttlers, with World No. 7 He Bingjiao and World No. 14 Han Yue receiving the third and seventh seeding respectively.

Former champion and 2012 Olympic gold medallist Li Xuerui makes her return while and are the other Chinese in the draw.

The Indian challenge will be spearheaded by second seed and 2017 winner PV Sindhu and two-time champion Saina Nehwal, seeded fifth this time.

Shi Yuqi, whose All England title defence ended in the semi-finals to Viktor Axelsen, will hope to rebound at Open.

The World No. 2 Chinese, who begins his challenge against compatriot Huang Yuxiang, could meet his countryman in the quarter-finals. World No. 19 Lu Guangzu and the 37th ranked Zhao Junpeng will clash in yet another thrilling all-Chinese face-off.

The highly popular Viktor Axelsen, second seed this time and winner in 2017, will look to continue the fireworks after reaching the final of

has handsome representation in the men's singles section with six shuttlers vying for the title. While 2015 champion Kidambi Srikanth has been seeded third, BWF World Tour Finals semi-finalist is the fifth seed.

Sai Praneeth, HS Prannoy, Parupalli Kashyap, will carry the home hopes as well.

The third-seeded men's' doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will begin their 2019 season at amid a lot of expectations. Former National Champions Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy are the only other Indian pair to have been seeded at sixth.

2018 World Championships quarter-finalists Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa are the eighth seeds in the mixed doubles draw, which is led by the Chinese pair of and Huang Dongping, the 2018 BWF World Tour Finals champions.

Pranaav and Sikki Reddy are unseeded and could face the fourth seeds and in the second round.

bronze medallist combine of Reddy and Ponnappa will look to pull off an upset over the sixth seeds and in the women's doubles.

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 18:11 IST