Tokyo Olympics: PV Sindhu vows to be at top of her game despite having an indulgent draw
Indian badminton would be one of the sports to look out for during the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, with ace shuttler PV Sindhu being the top draw. While she has been handed a relatively straightforward draw, she asserts that she has to be at her best.
The Tokyo Olympics is the ultimate platform for India to showcase its sporting talent. While India is expected to participate in 18 sports, badminton would be one of the sports to watch out for.
Furthermore, it would be ace shuttler PV Sindhu, who is India's top prospect at the event. As for the draw in the event, she has been handed a nearly smooth one.
In her draw, she has been pitted against Cheung Ngan Yi of Hong Kong (ranked 34) and Ksenia Polikarpova of Israel (58). While she has an all-win record against the two so far, she still feels that she needs to be at the top of her game to stand a chance to win a medal.
"It's a good draw in the group stage. Hong Kong girl plays well and it's going to be a good match. Everybody is going to be in top form; I hope I do well. Every match is important, so I will take match by match. This is Olympic and it is not going to be easy; each point is very important," Sindhu was quoted as saying by the Badminton Association of India, while she happens to be the sixth seed at the event.
As for men, B Sai Praneeth would be up against Netherlands' Mark Caljouw (29) and Misha Zilberman (47) in the singles. "It's a mixed draw, not so tough and not so good. I have to be 100 per cent to win all matches and it will be a good match for me," he reckoned.
In men's doubles, Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy would be up for a stern challenge, as they would face Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon of Indonesia (1), along with Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin of Chinese Taipei (3). "It's a very even group which means even if you lose a match, you are still in the game because nobody knows what will happen," said doubled coach Mathias Boe.
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