The All England Championships is regarded as the oldest and the most prestigious badminton tournament and it is held annually in England. The first ever championship was held in the English town of Guildford in 1898 but since 1994, the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham has been hosting the tournament.
Prakash Padukone was the first Indian to lift the trophy in 1980, while Pullela Gopichand achieved the feat in 2001. This year, India's PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal are seeded in the top eight and will be vying to emerge victorious. On the men's side, K Srikanth, HS Pronnoy and Ajay Jayaram are flying the Indian flag in singles. The tournament is scheduled from 7 to 12 March.
Olympic champion Carolina Marin will battle top seed Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan as the Spaniard bids to reclaim her All-England Open badminton crown. Though she still has the highest profile, Marin is not the number one seed. That is Tai, a gifted stroke-maker from Taiwan who won the World Super Series finals in December and became the year's highest prize money winner with $271,025.
Sindhu, the sixth-seeded Olympic silver medallist, faces Danish Mette Poulsenand in the first round.
Meanwhile Saina Nehwal, seeded eight, had drawn perhaps the most improbable first round in the tournament's 117-year history — the former world number one from India is up against Nozomi Okuhara, the All-England titleholder from Japan. Injury sidelined Okuhara for seven months, leaving her unseeded.
|Day and Date||Events||Round||Start Time|
|7 March, Tuesday||MS/WS/MD/WD/XD||Qualifying||5:30 PM IST|
|8 March, Wednesday||MS/WS/MD/WD/XD||First round||2:30 PM IST|
|9 March, Thursday||MS/WS/MD/WD/XD||Second round||5:30 PM IST|
|10 March, Friday||MS/WS/MD/WD/XD||Qaurter-finals||9: 30 PM IST|
|11 March, Saturday||MS/WS/MD/WD/XD||Semi-finals||5:30 PM IST|
|12 March, Sunday||MS/WS/MD/WD/XD||Final||5:00 PM IST|
Where to watch:
All matches are being telecast on Star Sports 4 and HD4 and coverage starts daily at the timings mentioned above.
Updated Date: Mar 08, 2017 17:42 PM