India's star shuttler P V Sindhu made it clear that the upcoming All England Championship won't be a cakewalk despite the expected absence of reigning Olympic Champion, Carolina Marin. The All England Championship is to be held from March 6 and Rio Olympics silver medallist Sindhu believes she would have to give her 100 per cent to claim the women’s singles title.
Sindhu stated, “We have the nationals and then we have the All England Championships. It (All England) is one of the biggest tournaments and I hope I give my best, play well and I know it is not going to be easy. I think we have to be at our 100 per cent. After that we have couple of Super Series and then we start with our Olympic qualifications this year, where we will have to keep ourselves fit and healthy."
Sindhu was quick to point out that Marin's loss can be anyone's gain and not only hers. She added that there is plenty of competition already and each player brings their own style and challenge. So, one's absence cannot be a big driving force for others!
“She (Marin) had a knee surgery. Definitely a sad moment, but injuries are part of life. Definitely she will comeback stronger. I hope for a speedy recovery (for Marin). I just can’t say it is a good chance. Definitely it is not going to be easy. Because as I said the top 10 to 15 players are of the same standard. If one just goes off (not competing), you cannot think that it’s going to be an easy draw or it’s going to be a cakewalk. No! Every match is equally tough because every player has a different style of play. Now the Chinese are doing really well – Chen Yufei, H E Bingjiao, and from Korea Sung Ji Hyun, and Ratchanok Intanon (from Thailand) are doing well. So there are a couple of players from every country who are doing really well,” she concluded.
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