Carolina Marin & P.V. Sindhu eyeing Indian Open success

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(From left) Pullela Gopichand, P.V. Sindhu and Carolina Marin during a pre-tournament press conference in New Delhi. (photo: PTI)

New Delhi: As the 7th Indian Super Series badminton tournament gets under way with the qualifying round at Siri Fort Complex in New Delhi, India on Tuesday, all eyes are set on Rio Olympic gold medalist Carolina Marin and silver medalist P.V. Sindhu.(From left) Pullela Gopichand, P.V. Sindhu and Carolina Marin during a pre-tournament press conference in New Delhi. (photo: PTI)

World No. 4 Carolina Marin of Spain is eager to put her recent struggles behind her especially having now recovered from her injuries. Marin is up for the Indian Open, where she will attempt to perform her best to win the title.

“Now I am getting better from those injuries. But of course, when you are playing at the top level of the sport, you will have to bear some pain in your body. So you have to take care of your body a lot,” said Marin.

P.V. Sindhu who crashed out of the All England Championship after losing in the quarter-finals, may bump into another Indian badminton ace Saina Nehwal in the quarter-finals on Friday if they manage to overcome their respective opponents on Wednesday and Thursday.

Sindhu will play her opener against a qualifier after her original first round opponent — Liang Xiaoyu of Singapore withdrew from the tournament, while Nehwal faces Chinese Taipei’s Chia Hsin Lee in the first round.

“Delhi has always been special for me. I won the Commonwealth Games gold here and then the 2015 Indian Open and surged to World No. 1,” said Nehwal.

In the men’s singles, with the absence of Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan, all focus will be on World No. 4 Viktor Axelsen and World No. 5 and the 2012 winner, Son Wan Ho of Korea.

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