HYDERABAD, India — China's Xie Xingfang is aiming for a record third women's singles title at the world badminton championships starting on Monday but will share the limelight with India's Saina Nehwal.
Compatriots Li Lingwie, Han Aiping and Ye Zhaoying are other shuttlers to have won two titles, but Xie, the Beijing Olympics runner-up, has an opportunity to add to her victories in 2005 and 2006.
Other strong contenders are world number one Zhou Mi of Hong Kong, China's Wang Lin, Wang Yihan and Lu Lan, Denmark's Tine Rasmussen and Pi Hongyan of France.
The 19-year-old Nehwal's priority is to live up to her fans' expectations with a strong performance, especially after becoming the first Indian to win a Super Series title in Jakarta in June.
"No doubt, I have been doing really well and peaking at the right time, but honestly, I don't want to entertain any predictions on the world championships. Just let me enjoy even while giving... my best," said Nehwal.