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‘The draw is quite tough in Indian Open’

Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal says the draw at the upcoming Yonex Sunrise India Open badminton tournament is tough and that it would not be a cakewalk for the shuttle queen.

Stating that her first-round opponent, Belaetrix Manuputi of Indonesia, has been showing impressive form.

‘The draw is quite tough, it is not easy. In the first round itself I am playing with an Indonesian player who is doing really well. But I am preparing hard to win the Yonex Sunrise India Open Superseries.’

The world No. 2, however, said that she is determined to give her 100 per cent. ‘Every tournament is tough, it’s a Superseries event and all the top players will be playing in the Yonex Sunrise India Open, but I am looking forward to put my best feet forward,’ said Saina. The Hyderabadi said she would look forward to having her fans and parents in the crowd during the tournament, to be held at the DDA Squash and Badminton Stadium (Siri Fort Complex), from April 23-28.

‘It’s special because it’s held in Delhi. Lots of home fans will be there to cheer me up and at the same time my parents can come and watch me. Youngsters will also get a chance to learn from the senior players.’

Meanwhile, national coach Pullela Gopichand was hopeful that the host nation will come up with an impressive show.
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