New Delhi: World number two woman shuttler Saina Nehwal is the top seed at the Yonex Sunrise India Open, and in the absence of Chinese players, she is eager to put her best foot forward trying to emulate her 2010 success at the BWF Super Series tournament to be held in Delhi from April 23 to 28.
Talking at the pre-tournament press conference, Saina sounded upbeat ahead of the tournament with an easy draw in hand. The London Olympics bronze medallist said, "Every tournament is tough. This one is a Super Series event and all the top players will be playing in it, but I am looking forward to put my best foot forward."
Saina, who had been playing with a taped knee for some time, stated that at the Indian Open she will be playing without the knee tapes. "We play a lot of tournaments, so injuries happen; we just have to be careful and hope to avoid major injuries," she said.
The star shuttler will start her campaign against unseeded Belaetrix Manuputi of Indonesia in the women's singles event with a possible quarter-final clash with India's PV Sindhu who is seeded eighth. Speaking about her potential quarter-final match with Sindhu, Saina said she will be a bit nervous playing her India team-mate as she is the higher ranked player and the pressure to perform will be on her.
"I am looking forward to playing with Sindhu. Hardly any Indian girls play together in Super Series tournament, so it will be interesting. I will be a bit nervous because I am the higher ranked player". Regarding the line-call review system which would be used at the Indian open, Saina felt the system is not going to be easy. "Badminton is a fast game and the review system is not going to be easy. We would need to see if it works out or not. Some decisions go in favour of us, some don't, and I hope the review system helps us".