Tokyo Olympics: Good group stage draw, but it won’t be easy, says PV Sindhu

The tough medal contender at the Tokyo Olympics admitted on Friday that she had a positive draw but insisted she must be on top because there will be no easy match at the Olympic level. A world champion and silver medalist for the Rio Games, Sindh was pulled along with Hong Kong’s Cheong Ngan Yi (34) and Israel’s Ksenia Polikarpova (58) in Group J of the women’s singles event.

“It’s a good group stage draw. The Hong Kong girl is playing well and it will be a good match,” Sindu, the world number seven, said in a statement released by the Badminton Association of India.

The sixth said, “Everyone will be at their best, and I hope to perform well. Every match is important so I will play one after another. This is an Olympics and it will not be easy, every point is very important.” seed.

Sindhu has a winning record against her group stage rivals Ngan Yi and Polikarpova in the five and two matches played so far against them respectively.

In the men’s singles, world No. 15 B Sai Praneeth is seeded in Group D alongside world No. 29 Mark Caljouw of the Netherlands and Israeli chariot No. 47 Misha Zilberman.

“It’s a mixed draw, not too difficult and not good. I have to be 100 per cent to win all the matches and it will be a good match for me,” said Bronneth, bronze medalist at the World Championships.

However, the world’s No. 10 men’s doubles pair, Girag Shetty and Satwixiraj Rankeredi, are expected to face a tough challenge in the league stage.

The duo were placed in Group One alongside the Indonesian duo of number one and world number one Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcos Fernaldi Gideon, who also took the lead in the race to Tokyo, and world number 3 Chinese Taipei. Li Yang and Wang Zhilin.

England players Ben Lane and Sean Fendi are the fourth pair in Group A.

“It’s a very even group which means that even if you lose a match, you are still in the match because no one knows what will happen,” India doubles coach Matthias Poe said.

“We will focus on preparing as much as possible in the last few weeks. We will attack on the field and hopefully get good results. I’m optimistic, it’s a good challenge for us.”

In the Singles category, 42 players are divided into 14 groups of three players each. The best player from each group will advance to the knockout stage.


Whereas in the doubles category, 16 pairs are divided into four groups where the first pair of each group advance to the last eight stage.

Badminton matches start from 24 July.

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