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‘Can’t leave our guards down during any game’

With the Premier Badminton League all set to kick-start on January 2nd, India top shuttler PV Sindhu said on Tuesday the new format of 15-point games will make the ties interesting and keep the shuttlers on their toes.

“The League will be interesting as a few new rules that are introduced will keep us on our toes. At no point can we leave our guards down,” Sindhu said.

“Also a 15 point game means that we have to keep our hold on the game all throughout, not allowing the other to run away with it. So yes it will be an exciting time during the League as each day can see a new team ruling the points table.”

Gearing up to give her best for Chennai Smashers, Sindhu will have some big names like Sony Dwi Kuncoro, Simon Santoso, Pranaav Jerry Chopra, Chris Adcock to name a few. The Premier Badminton League will see six franchisees - Delhi Acers, Hyderabad Hunters, Bengaluru Top Guns, Chennai Smashers, Mumbai Rockets and Awadhe Warriors - competing for top honours.

The opening day of the League will witness Awadhe Warriors taking on Mumbai Rockets in Mumbai.

This year after sitting out a quarter of the year owing to injury, the Hyderabadi made her maiden Super Series final at Denmark, typically beat all the top names and lost to them in equal measure, and reached the fag end of the season at Macau to pick her habitual title. At 20, Sindhu has three of those, a three-peat that ensures she defends her points essentially (with an eye on the ranking) and after another GP event in Java, Indonesia, finishes a season with hopes high for the Olympic year.
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