Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal bowed out of the All England Badminton Championship after she went down in straight games to World No.1 and defending champion, Tai Tzu Zing. Star shuttlers P.V. Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth survived tough first-round battles. World No.3 Srikanth recovered from a lop-sided start, and managed to struggle past France’s Brice Leverdez, 7-21, 21-14, 22-20. P.V. Sindhu had to stave off a stiff challenge from Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong, 20-22, 21-17, 21-9, in a 56-minute contest.
With it’s shocking win over Italy in the play-offs, Sweden is slowly emerging as a force to reckon with. World champion Germany begin their campaign in Group F against Mexico, a side they had overcome, 4-1, on their way to the Confederations Cup win earlier this year.\
Germany goal keeper and Bayern Munich star Manuel Neuer said that Germany was happy that their opponents were not unknown to them. " We always like it best when we know what to expect", said Neuer. Neuer is all set to return in the new year after surgery, following a broken foot.