PV Sindhu, who claimed a silver at the Rio Olympics, is assured of a spot at the postponed Tokyo Games based on her rankings but has to wait for next year to compete in her second Olympics.
Badminton's most prestigious tournament - which screened no one during the playing week keeping in line with UK's insistence on carrying on, might well have risked the biggest names in shuttle.
According to Taiwanese media reports, a sparring partner of the national team who had been with the team at the All England Badminton Championships earlier this month, has tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.
The International Olympic Committee said in a statement on Wednesday that no 'drastic decision' will be taken on Tokyo 2020 as the event is four months away, encouraging athletes to continue preparations.
While Viktor Axelsen, a former world champion, beat top-seeded Chou Tien-chen for the title, Tai Tzu Ying overcame top-seeded Chen Yu Fei to claim her third All England title.
The badminton world body on Friday suspended all events till April 12 after players expressed their displeasure. SHIVANI NAIK looks at the implications.
Okuhara once again snatched a match from Sindhu's grasp with a counterattack that was so poised and precise that you wondered how a 21-7, 21-7 scoreline fetched up the last time they battled at Basel.
PV Sindhu, before taking on Nozomi Okuhara in the All England quarterfinals, called on the Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, asking if she should continue playing or if she should return home due to the threat of the coronavirus outbreak.
A good start at the All England is only just a good start for 20-year-old Lakshya Sen
Japanese Akane Yamaguchi dismantled Saina Nehwal with disdain in the first round of the All England. Now, she faces the likelihood of being quarantined on her return home having travelled to Spain after February 15.
Saina is placed 20th on the BWF rankings with 46267 points and the 2012 London Olympics bronze-medallist needs to enter the top-16 bracket by April 28 to make the cut for the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Most times on Wednesday in his opening round of the All England, Srikanth looked like a teenager standing ashore, looking forlornly towards a brightly-lit party boat sailing quickly away. That was the Olympics slipping out of his grasp.
The 20-year-old beats World No. 18 Lee Cheuk Yiu of Chinese Taipei to progress to the 2nd round in Birmingham on Wednesday
All England Open (Super 1000): The Indian World No 26 mixed doubles pair Pranav Jerry Chopra and Sikki Reddy took a set off the World No 1 Chinese pair Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiaong before going down in their first round match.
India Open Super 500 is set to be held in New Delhi from March 24-29 but may be closed for spectators.
Saina Nehwal is struggling to lock the Tokyo qualification and has drawn the indomitable Akane Yamaguchi in the first round. She has beaten the Japanese only twice, losing eight times.
The season's first Super 1000 event witnessed a dramatic build-up in the wake of the COVID19 outbreak, which has claimed over 4000 lives and infected more than 100,000 people globally.
"The Indian scene is not fair to the coaches. Salaries are not equal (Agus Dwi Santoso for singles comes for $8000 per month, Flandy was paid $6500), neither do they have equal assessment."
Seven Indian badminton players have pulled out of the Birmingham tournament over coronavirus fears.
Those seeking for Olympic qualification like Saina Nehwal and K Srikanth are scheduled to travel as of now, as are PV Sindhu and B Sai Praneeth, whose qualification isn't under threat.