No pressure, says Saina

It’s her “dream” to win a medal at the Olympics, but India’s ace shuttler Saina Nehwal doesn’t want to get bogged down by pressure, and said she is banking on her experience to advance through a “tough” draw at the badminton event of the London Games.

“That’s (winning a medal) a dream for every Indian and me. But I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself,” said the 22-year-old, who missed out of a medal on her Olympic debut at Beijing 2008 Games following her quarterfinal defeat to Indonesian Maria Kristin Yulianti.

The World number five, who will begin her campaign against Swiss Sabrina Jaquet, is expected to face stiff challenge from Dutch Yao Jie and two-time All England Champion Tine Baun of Denmark en route to the semifinals.

“The draw looks quite tough. I’ve played them before and they’ve given me challenges. I’m expecting good matches. But I’m just going to take it one match at a time,” said Saina. “I have developed as a player. This is my second Olympics and I want to be more relaxed.”

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