Incheon :  All four Indian shuttlers in singles, including main medal hope Saina Nehwal, have secured a tough draw in the individual events of 17th Asian Games badminton from on September 24.

Saina has been seeded sixth. The World No. 7 would be up against no. 2 seed Wang Yihan of China if she wins her first and second round matches against less fancied opponents U Teng Lok of Macau and the winner of Khulangoo Baatar (Mongolia)/A Suraya (Iran).

Saina has lost to the 2012 London Olympic Games silver medallist and 2011 world champion most recently in April in the India Open at Delhi.

P V Sindhu also has a formidable task if she has to reach the semis as she is expected to run into Olympic champion Li Xuerei in the quarters after a comparatively easy round of 32 match against Wong Kit Leng of Macau and, if she sails through, pre quarter final clash against the winner of Yip Pul Yin (Hong Kong)/D Munkhbayar (Mongolia).

Men’s main hope Parupalli Kashyap and his compatriot K Srikkanth, too, will not have things easy after easy round of 32 matches.

Kashyap has drawn top seed Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia as his likely round of 16 opponent, while Srikanth has reigning world champion and second seed Chen Long of China awaiting him in the quarter finals.

—PTI

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