Post-Thailand triumph, Saina set for tougher test in Indonesia
Saina Nehwal made a rampaging start to her London Olympics build-up by winning the Thailand Open last week and the Indian ace will now look to test her game against the Chinese when she starts her campaign in the Indonesia Super Series Premier in Jakarta tomorrow.
The world number five, one of the medal contenders for India at London, clinched her second title of the season in Bangkok last week and she will open her campaign against Japanese Sayaka Sato in the first round in Jakarta.
Saina has a 3-1 record against Sato, the only loss being at the Korea Open last year. Once she crosses the first hurdle, the Indian will play a qualifier in second round but her real challenge will start from the quarters, where she is likely to meet third seed Chinese Shixian Wang.
"Indonesia would be very tough, I am playing Sato from Japan in the first round and all the Chinese would also be there. It would depend on that particular day and how you are feeling. I can't promise a title but I can promise to give my best," Saina said.
Indonesia Open will also see the return of other Olympic bound shuttlers such as P Kashyap, Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Ponnappa and V Diju competing with the best in the business.
In men's singles, Parupalli Kashyap will be up against Guatemalan Kevin Cordon but the Indian has a tough draw as he will meet top seed and world number three Chen Long of China in the second round.