Saina Nehwal, India’s biggest medal hope at Rio 2016
Saina Nehwal is back at her best. The 26 year old is easily India’s biggest medal hope at the Rio Games. Saina is fearless, takes the Chinese shuttlers head on, has the game and the heart to add another medal to the Bronze medal she won at the London Olympics in 2012. Her event badminton, discipline women’s single, which is quite an open competition this time around. The Chinese top players Li Xuerui, Wang Yihan and Wang Shixian have all looked vulnerable this year. With Ratchanok Intanon mired in a doping controversy, an injury free Saina could go deep into the medal rounds. Young Spanish shuttler Carolina Marin is another player is another big gold medal contender at the Rio.
When Saina won the Australian Open Super series at Sydney earlier this year, it was her maiden title of the season, her second title win in Australia and 10th Super Series title overall. The win now doubt give her confidence for her second consecutive medal prospect at the Rio Games.