Shuttlers Ajay Jayaram and Anand Pawar will spearhead Indian challenge when they start their campaign in the men's singles competition of the China Masters Superseries tournament at Changzhou on Wednesday.
World number 24 Jayaram, who had a good run at the Indian Badminton League (IBL) last month, will take on Chen Yuekun of China, ranked 30th, while Pawar will be up against the top seed Chen Long tomorrow.
While, Pawar, ranked 39th, is unlikely to cross the first hurdle, for Jayaram, the road ahead will be equally tough as he would need to get across the likes of fourth seed Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia and sixth seed Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark to move ahead in the draw.
The Mumbai-based shuttler, who represented Hyderabad Hotshots in the IBL, has been in good form since the world championship where he had beaten world number 13 Wing ki Wong in Guangzhou. In the IBL, Jayaram defeated world no 5 Tien Minh Nguyen twice, beside beating world number 9 Jan o Jorgensen.