Defending world champion PV Sindhu has got an easy draw in the prestigious All England Badminton Championships while Saina Nehwal will face tough rivals.
The tournament will be played from 17 to 21 March in Birmingham.
After the Swiss Open, the All England Open 2021 will be the second tournament of the year in which Tokyo will have ranking organs for Olympic qualification.
Olympic silver medalist Sindhu will play Malaysia’s Sonia Chia in the first round, as per the draw released on Tuesday by the Badminton World Federation. After winning the opening round, he will face Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the quarter-finals and Carolina Marin of Spain in the semi-finals.
Marin has been given the top seed in the tournament while Sindhu has been seeded fifth.
London Olympics bronze medalist Saina will play Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark in the first round.
Commonwealth Games gold medalist Parupalli Kashyap has to face world number one Kento Momota of Japan in the first match. Kidambi Srikanth will play Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia in the first round while World Championship bronze medalist B Sai Praneeth will face Toma Junior Popov of France.
The Indian players will also participate in the Swiss Open starting on March 3. Saina and Srikanth will get more time to make it to the Tokyo Olympics as the BWF has extended the qualification period.
All England Open draws:
PV Sindhu vs Sonia Chia (Malaysia)
Saina Nehwal vs Mia Blichfeldt (Denmark)
Kidambi Srikanth vs Tommy Sugiarto (Indonesia)
Parupalli Kashyap vs Kento Momota (Japan)
Lakshya Sen vs K Wangcharon (Thailand)
HS Prannoy vs Liu Daren (Malaysia)
Sameer Verma vs Y Kolho (Brazil)
B Sai Praneeth vs Toma Jr Popov (France)
Satvik Sairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty vs Iloi Adam and Julian Mayo (France)
MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila vs Ong You Sin and Tiyo Yi (Malaysia)
Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy vs B Amsard and N Amsard (Thailand)
Meghna J and Poorvisha Ram vs Alexandre Boe and Mette Poulsen (Denmark)
Ashwini Bhat and Shikha Gautam vs C Birch and Lauren Smith (England)
Dhruv Kapila and Meghna J vs Praveen Jordan and Melati O (Indonesia)
Satvik Sairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa vs Yuki Kaneko and Misaki Matsutomo (Japan)
Pranav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy vs Max Flynn and Jessica Pugh (England)