'Eager to take on Saina'

'Eager to take on Saina'

 Badminton buffs have been waiting for a mouth-watering marquee clash between Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu. The two Indians could possibly face off for the first time if both go through to the quarterfinals of India Open due to kick off here on Tuesday.

Sindhu is excited at the prospect of playing the World No 2 but she doesn’t want to think too far ahead. “I am not thinking of playing Saina right now,” Sindhu said.

“I have two stiff hurdles to cross. I play a Chinese in the first round and if I win, then the next opponent could also be a Chinese. If both of us (Saina and I) go through to the quarters, we should have a good match. I can only say I will try to give my best and obviously play to win,” added Sindhu.

The 17-year-old daughter has been making a steady progress, pulling off upset victories on the way. Three days ago, she stunned former World No 1 Shixian Wang of China at the Badminton Asia Championships in Taipei. “I played well against Shixian and could have won it with a lot more comfortably,” said the Hyderabadi, who is seeded eighth at the India Open.

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