The 2023 BWF World Championships in badminton will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, from August 21 to 27. The reigning champions, notably Viktor Axelsen and Yamaguchi Akane, are anticipated to perform well once again and are considered among the favourites.
In the doubles, the two returning winners will be joined by fellow reigning champions Aaron Chia / Soh Wooi Yik of Malaysia (men’s), Chen Qingchen / Jia Yifan of People’s Republic of China (women’s), and Zheng Siwei / Huang Yaqiong of China (mixed). With the draw completed last Thursday, each of the 64 men’s and 48 women’s singles players, as well as the 144 doubles pairs (48 in each event), now know who stands between them and the coveted global gold medal.
In Denmark, 14 Indian badminton players will compete: one in women’s singles, three in men’s singles, one pair in men’s doubles, and two pairs each in women’s and mixed doubles. PV Sindhu, a two-time Olympic medalist, is India’s most successful player at the badminton world championships.
Sindhu, 28, is the 2019 women’s singles champion and has previously won two silver and two bronze medals at the world championships. PV Sindhu, ranked 15th in the world, is the lone Indian in the women’s singles draw. T
he top-ranked Indian in the men’s singles category is HS Prannoy, who won the Malaysia Masters and reached the final of the Australian Open.
Lakshya Sen, the Commonwealth Games winner and world No. 11, and Kidambi Srikanth, the silver medalist in 2021, will both compete in the men’s singles event.
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, the world No. 2 duo, will lead the Indian effort in men’s doubles. This season, the Indian duo has won the Swiss Open, the Indonesia Open, and the Korea Open. So far, Indian shuttlers have won 13 medals in the World Badminton Championships.
Men’s singles: Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy
Women’s singles: PV Sindhu
Men’s doubles: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty
Women’s doubles: Gayatri Gopichand/Treesa Jolly, Ashwini Bhat K/Shikha Gautam
Mixed doubles: Rohan Kapoor/N Sikki Reddy, Venkat Prasad/Juhi Dewangan
Schedule of BWF 2023
- Monday 21 August: Round of 64 (men’s singles), round of 48 (all other categories)
- Tuesday 22 August: Round of 32 (men’s singles), round of 48 and 32 (all other categories)
- Wednesday 23 August: Round of 32
- Thursday 24 August: Round of 16
- Friday 25 August: Quarter-finals
- Saturday 26 August: Semi-finals
- Sunday 27 August: Finals
Where Can you Livestream the tournament?
The World Badminton Championships 2023 will be streamed live on Jio Cinema and the Badminton World Federation’s official YouTube channel, BWF TV. The BWF World Championships 2023 will be broadcast live on India’s Sports18 1 TV channel.
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