Kuala Lumpur, August 6: The much awaited draw for the 2019 BWF World Championships in Basel, Switzerland has been released yesterday at the BWF head office in Kuala Lumpur. The tournament will get underway from 19 August and will end on 25th August 2019.
In the men's singles, India's HS Prannoy will meet Malaysian hope Lee Zii Jia while in the women's side of the draw, India’s two-time runner-up Pusarla V. Sindhu will take on second seed Tai Tzu Ying from Chinese Taipei.
BWF President Poul-Erik Hoyer welcomed the invitees to the draw and wished the competing players well.
"We are delighted to be celebrating the 25th edition of our Badminton World Championships. The event has come a long way since the first edition in Malmo, Sweden, in 1977. This year it returns to Switzerland for the first time since 1995 when it was staged in Lausanne. The tournament also comes at a critical time for our athletes as they continue their quest to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. I wish all the players the best of luck," said Hoyer.
The electronic draw was witnessed by Wong Choon Hann, High Performance Director of Badminton Association of Malaysia, and some of the Malaysian contenders at the World Championships - Lee Zii Jia, Shevon Lai Jemie and Goh Soon Huat.
Speaking of his players' chances after the draw, Wong was optimistic. "It's a fair draw for us in all departments. Lee Zii Jia has a good chance against top players. We're looking at him to clear the early rounds and play Kento Momota. We have to prepare ourselves for the big stage."