PV Sindhu
PV Sindhu will face Olga Golovanova of Russia in first round of the Badminton World Championships.Reuters

PV Sindhu will open her Badminton World Championships campaign in the second round at Ballerup Super Arena, Copenhagen, while doubles specialists Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa will also take court on Wednesday.

Sindhu clinched the bronze medal in the 2013 World Championships and will be hoping to improve that performance this year. The 11th-seeded Sindhu will face Olga Golovanova of Russia.

The world number 12 received a bye in the opening round and she could potentially face sixth seed Yeon Ju Bae in the third round, if the Hyderabadi manages to beat Golovanova. Sindhu is expected to face second seed Chinese Shixian Wang in the quarterfinals.

Sindhu, who had to settle for a bronze in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, revealed that she has trained hard for the event and is looking forward to improving her last year's showing at the Worlds.

"Not winning gold at CWG was disappointing," Sindhu said. "But I learnt a lot from that painful experience. I got a good draw at the Worlds. Last time I won bronze. Now I want to go all out. I have trained well and worked on my weaknesses."

Meanwhile, Jwala and Ashwini will be looking to replicate their 2011 bronze medal performance when they begin their capmpaign in Denmark.

The duo is set to play strong Chinese opponents in the second round, after receiving bye in the opening round.

The Indian pair will face fifth seed duo Qing Tian and Yunlei Zhao. Leave alone winning a match against their Chinese opponents, Jwala and Ashwini haven't even won a game in six previous clashes against Tian and Zhao.

However, Jwala's former doubles partner V Diju pointed out that the Indian pair is capable of producing unbelievable results and they can beat Chinese players.

"They can beat the Chinese in the second round," V Diju said. "But Jwala and Ashwini have to play a very calculated game. In doubles, the Chinese, Koreans and the Japanese are formidable."

Meanwhile, in the men's singles event, Ajay Jayaram and Kidambi Srikanth will play Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk and Rajiv Ouseph respectively in the second round. Jayaram received a walkover from fourth seed Kenichi Togo, while Srikanth had to dig deep to advance.

In the men's doubles event, Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will face 15th seed Hirokatsu Hashimoto and Noriyasu Hirata, while Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar will be up against South Korea's Ki Jung Kim and Sa Rang Kim.

Schedule of Play

Women's Doubles: Tian/Zhao vs Jwala/Ashwini starts 4:00 pm IST

Women's Singles: Olga Golovanova vs PV Sindhu starts 4:45 pm IST

Men's Doubles: Attri/Reddy vs Hashimoto/Hirata starts 4:45 pm IST

Men's Doubles: Ki Jung/Sa Rang vs Chopra/Dewalkar starts 6:15 pm IST

Men's Singles: Saensomboonsuk vs Ajay Jayaram starts 10:00 pm IST

Men's Singles: Kidambi Srikanth vs Rajiv Ouseph starts 10:45 pm IST

Where to Watch Live

The day's play is scheduled for a 1:00 pm IST (10:00 am CEST, 7:30 am GMT) start, with live coverage on Star Sports 4 in India. The matches can be watched via live streaming option HERE or stream the action online HERE. The live match updates are available HERE.

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