The only Indian to be seeded in the prestigious event, Saina will look to do one better after her semifinal finish at last year's Championships, in which her campaign was cut short by Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon. (Agencies)
After enduring a tough season, when she battled injuries and lack of form and could not win a single title, the World no 7 Indian got her mojo back by winning the Syed Modi International GPG title in Lucknow in January.
Saina, seeded seventh, has lost weight while preparing for the tournament and is confident of a good show as she opens her campaign against Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland. It is going to be a tough road ahead for Saina as she is likely to face German Juliane Schenk and fourth seed Shixian Wang in the next two rounds, provided she clears the opening hurdle.
Saina's younger colleague, PV Sindhu, too, is in the fray and will begin with a clash against Yu Sun of China. The World Championship bronze medalist also has a very difficult task of taming second seed Chinese Yihan Wang in the next round.
In the men's singles, Parupalli Kashyap and Kidambi Srikanth got direct entry into the main draw, but the duo will face an uphill task as they open their campaign against Japanese fifth seeded Kenechi Tago and Kento Momota, respectively.
There are no other Indians currently in the main draws of the other three categories. Saina said: "I am well prepared. I got a month to train for All England and we had a good session. I feel I am back to my best and confident of doing well."
"The draw is tough but initially I should do well and hopefully at least reach the quarterfinals. I have reached the semifinals two times and god willing I can better the performance," Saina said.
"I got a good impetus from Lucknow and I worked a lot on my fitness and right now I am in perfect shape. I had a good momentum during the practice matches as well," Saina added.
Indians vying for the main draw by participating in the qualifiers, include Anand Pawar, Saili Rane, Sanjeeth S and Jagadish Yadav (men's doubles), Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa (women's doubles), Tarun Kona and Ashwini Ponnappa (mixed doubles), Abhishek Ahlawat and Kristi Das (mixed doubles).
The only Indian to be seeded in the prestigious event, Saina will look to do one better after her semifinal finish at last year's Championships, in which her campaign was cut short by Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon.