India Open 2017: Carolina Marin, PV Sindhu Headline Event; Saina Nehwal Also in Fray
2016 Rio Olympics finalists - Carolina Marin and PV Sindhu – are two of the biggest names who will be competing in the capital at the seventh edition of the India Open 2017, starting Wednesday.
PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal. (Getty Images)
New Delhi: 2016 Rio Olympics finalists - Carolina Marin and PV Sindhu – are two of the biggest names who will be competing in the capital at the seventh edition of the India Open 2017, starting Wednesday. Meanwhile, defending champion Ratchanok Intanon and 2015 champion Saina Nehwal are also among the top contenders for the super series event, which will go on for five days.
However, all eyes will again be on Olympic Silver medallist PV Sindhu, who acquired a career-best World Number 5 in the recently released BWF rankings following her wins at China Open 2016 and Syed Modi Championships 2017.
"Of course, the responsibility is always high and everyone expects to give their best but I only think about myself and not worry about others. Just keep calm and focus," Sindhu said.
For Saina Nehwal, this competition is special as after winning the title here in 2015, Saina went onto become the first Indian woman to take the number one spot in the rankings.
"Delhi has been very special to me. I won the Commonwealth Games gold here and then won the India Open in 2015 when I became the world number 1. So, two big memories here," said Saina
The best part about this year’s draw will be that India’s two badminton queens are on collision course and if everything goes as per plans, the duo could clash as soon as the quarters.
"The competition is growing every year. It's tough from the round one itself. I hope to give my best this time. Coming back from injuries is not easy but I tried my best to play as many matches as possible and hope to get back my full form," the 2012 Olympics bronze medallist said.
For Carolina Marin, this superseries event is another way for her to claw back to the top of the BWF world rankings. The reigning Olympic champion also issued a warning to the other competitors that she is here not just to compete, but to win the title.
"I want to win here (India Open). Winning Olympic gold was the greatest achievement for me but I want to win more tournaments. I will try to do my best," Marin said.
Current world number four Viktor Axelsen will be the biggest name competing in the men’s singles event after late withdrawals of World no 1 Lee Chong Wei and two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan. Meanwhile, Ajay Jayaram along with former champion Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy form the Indian contingent in the men’s singles.
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