PV Sindhu will lead the Indian charge at the BWF World Championships in Glasgow. The 2016 Olympic silver medallist says she is well prepared for the tournament and is looking forward to change the colour of her medal when she takes the court.

India has fielded a strong 21-member squad to represent the Indian challenge in Glasgow. Among all others, Sindhu is the highest seeded Indian in all categories. The 22-year-old Hyderabad shuttler will be up against the winner of the clash between Egypt’s Hadia Hosny and Korean Kim Hyo Min in the second round after securing a bye in the first round.

“I think it has been two months since Australia Open, so I got enough time to practice. Form wise, I am perfectly all right, so I hope I give my best and do well.”

“I am definitely looking for a medal here and hopefully, better one than the bronze this time, I also want to change the colour, so will fight for that,” added the 22-year-old.

Sindhu lost the finals against Spaniard Carolina Marin at the Rio Olympics, getting India its first silver in the women’s singles category, but earlier this year the Indian ace avenged her loss by defeating Marin at the Indian Open finals in front of her home crowd.

She would be wary of threats in the upper rounds when she faces Sun Yu of China. Sindhu is the strongest Indian contestants according to the stats and can easily propel into finals with relative ease compared to other Indian challengers.

Meanwhile the Rio Gold medallist Carolina Marin has also set her sight on top podium finish at the Championships. The Spaniard said she is prepared better than ever and is aiming for Gold, “It’s been two months of preparation; I’ve prepared better than I had before the Rio Olympics.”

“My main aim is to fight for gold. I have some tough matches coming up but I’m not thinking of the title defence. I will take it match by match.” Marin was quoted saying by news agency PTI.

The third seeded Spaniard got a bye in the 1st round and will open her account against Russia’s Natalia Perminova or Hong Kong’s Yip Pui Yin in the 2nd round.

Ahead of the Championships, Marin said she is done and dusted with the win at the Olympics and will start her campaign on a fresh note after enduring an injury lace phase of months where she had to drop her contention in two major tournaments and also her ranking dropped down to number 4.

The tournament which is scheduled to be held from 21-27 August will see as many as 8 seeded Indian Players ply their trade in the competition.

First Published | 21 August 2017 4:18 PM
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