Saina Nehwal, headed to the Olympics for third time.PV Sindhu on way to her maiden Games as well as K Srikanth in men’s singles, another first timer.
• Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa (No. 15) have made the grade for a second straight Olympics.
• India is one of only eight countries in the world to qualify two entries in a category — women’s singles, with PV Sindhu (ranked No. 10) joining Saina Nehwal (ranked No. 8).
• Japanese Kento Momota’s suspension opens up men’s singles, but Srikanth will to upset the last Olympic outings of the two legends, Dan and Chong Wei, and title favourite Chen Long.
• Jwala-Ashwini, have done well at consecutive Commonwealth Games, but struggled to cross quarters in Super Series.
• Olympics is considered to be kinder to shuttlers from outside China, Japan and Korea with only two pairings allowed.
• Olympics tend to be easier than Super Series
• For Manu-Sumeeth, the first ever men’s doubles pairing to qualify for Olympics.