PV Sindhu : There is no favorite at Olympics, anybody can beat anyone on the day

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PV Sindhu : There is no favorite at Olympics, anybody can beat anyone on the day

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Amlan Majumdar

07/31/2016

Rio-bound Indian shuttler PV Sindhu expressed her happiness in representing India at the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, which starts on August 5. The 21-year-old believes that adapting to the conditions will be the key at Rio with everyone capable of winning on their day.

India will be sending its biggest ever Olympic Badminton contingent, this time, with seven shutters qualified for the Rio Games. Saina Nehwal will be the biggest medal prospect for the country in the discipline, but two-time bronze medallist PV Sindhu believes that anybody can beat anyone on the day.

"Adapting to conditions is important. The conditions need to be suitable for us. So we are leaving early. We don't know how it would be. There will be drift and we will be practising for a week so we will be used to the court. So it will be an important week in Rio," Sindhu told PTI.

"There is no particular person who is a favourite. Anybody can beat anyone and it is all about giving your best on that day.

"I have beaten all of them in the past and it gives me confidence but then it gets tougher and tougher as we play them again because they know our strokes and we know their game, so it is all about changing the strategy on the court. That would be the key," she added.

Sindhu will be playing her maiden Olympics at Rio, but she believes that along with experience, luck will also matter in the quadrennial event.

"Experience is important but then how you play on the given day also matters. Sometimes even the experienced ones make mistakes. Experience matters but luck also matters.

"This season, I played so many tournament as it was a crucial year. Sometimes I was playing well and sometimes not. I learnt from my mistakes. I played against all of them, all the top players. Everybody has a different style of play and it was a good learning experience and I think it will help at the Olympics," the 21-year-old said.

When asked whether she feels any pressure, Sindhu said, "Pressure is always there. But we need not get bogged down by that. It is part of an athlete's life. I am really excited to play at Olympics. We are leaving on August 2nd. The draws are also out."

Sindhu has been drawn in a tough group at Rio with the Hyderabad lass slated to face Commonwealth Games champion Michelle Li and Hungary's Laura Sarosi in Group M. If she crosses the group stage, then Sindhu will face Chinses Taipei Shuttler Tai Tzu Ying.

"It is not an easy draw. It is going to be tough from the first round itself. I've Li Michelle and another girl in my group. After the league, I think I will play Tai Tzu Ying. So it is one by one for me," Sindhu said.

"She is a difficult opponent, her game is very different from others and she has good strokes. It is not that she is unbeatable. If I am ready for it I can beat her."

"We will train accordingly. My coach will decide. We will analyse the videos of the players and the training will be player's specific. It would be important two weeks," the 21-year-old added.

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