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Saina Vs China during London Olympics 2012

April 18, 2012

Out of the top 6 ranked badminton players (women), 5 of them are from China (at present), reflecting their dominance in the sport. Saina Nehwal, an Indian is the only non Chinese player in the mentioned list. She has been constantly threatening top Chinese players in various competitions around the world. There have been instances when she has fought against them and during the process claimed her best rank of world number 2 in 2010. Her class is feared by players over the world, including the Chinese.

She has the game, which can bring laurels to the country. It has happened many a times in the past and there is no reason why it cannot happen during the mega event, London Olympics 2012. Some of the top championships that she has turned victorious are 2008 Chinese Taipei Open Grand Prix Gold (Gold), 2009 Indonesia Super Series, (Gold), 2010 Singapore Open Super Series (Gold), 2010 Indonesia Open Super Series (Gold), 2011 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold (Gold), etc. These are only some, out of the many tournaments which has brought her ultimate glory. The Indian seems to be confident about London Olympics 2012.

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One thing that would go against the Indian super star is that she does not hold a great head to head record against top shuttlers from China. Against top Chinese players such as Wang Yihan and Jiang Yanjiao, she has never come good and has lost all competitive matches. It is only against Lu Lan that she holds a good record.  On the other hand, she has got better record against players from primarily all other countries.

There will be huge pressure on the Hyderabadi girl to perform during the Olympics. She knows what kind of expectations she is carrying on her shoulders. Hence, she has been training very hard for London Olympics 2012. In the run up to the Olympics, her strategy is to defeat the Chinese girls, whenever she gets a chance to play against them at different competitions. She looks in great shape this year to better her 2008 Olympics show, where she lost in the quarter finals to Maria Kristin Yulianti. She is in fact, one of India’s best hope for an Olympics medal.

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