A year back, Olympic bronze medallist Saina had beaten Spaniard Carolina Marin to clinch her first Super Series crown in 20 months, after coming out on top in the Denmark Open in October 2012.
However, this year, Saina is coming into the tournament with some steller performances which saw her clinch the India Super Series and Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold title, a runners-up finish at the All England Championships and eventually becoming the first India to grab the World No. 1 crown.
Brimming with confidence, Saina will take on a qualifier in the opening round and is likely to clash with China's Sun Yu, world no. 9, in the second round, against whom the Indian has a 3-1 record.
A clash with two-time All England Champion Shixian Wang is also likely on cards if Saina can cross the second round of  the women's singles competition.
On the other hand, two-time World Championship bronze medallist, P V Sindhu will have to play out of her skin right from the start as she takes on former world no. 1 and current eighth seed Wang Yihan of China.
Sindhu, who missed a few tournaments because of an injury this year, have lost thrice to Yihan with her only win coming in the 2013 World Championship.

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