Saina grouped with Li Xuerui

Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal has been clubbed with Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China in the same group after the BWF Super Series Finals draws were announced at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium here on Tuesday.

Japan’s Minatsu Mitani and Yeon Ju Bae of South Korea are the other players in Group B besides Saina, who is seeded second, and Xuerui.

“I have worked hard and prepared well for the tournament. I feel I am ready to challenge in Kuala Lumpur,” said Saina.

Saina’s first match will be relatively easier as she will face World No 13 Minatsu against whom she has a 3-1 record.

China’s Wang Shixian, Thai Porntip Buranaprasertsuk, South Korean Ji Hyun Sung and Chinese Taipei’s Tzu Ying Tai are in Group A of the year-ending $500,000 showpiece event. The top two from each group will progress to semis.

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