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New-look Saina Nehwal primed for Rio success – Padukone

MUMBAI: Saina Nehwal is better prepared to win a decoration in Rio in August than the Indian shuttler was the point at which she guaranteed a bronze at the London Olympics four years back, previous All England champion Prakash Padukone told Reuters.

Trusts that the previous world number one can transform bronze into a first Olympic gold decoration in the game for her nation were raised when Nehwal won the Australian Superseries title.

Rio will check a third Olympics for Nehwal, who beat previous title holders Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand and Wang Yihan before overwhelming China’s Sun Yu in the last in Sydney.

“Saina has significantly more assortment now,” previous men’s reality number one Padukone said in a meeting.

“I think she plays significantly more at the net at this point. Prior her amusement was pretty much unsurprising. She had a couple strokes, she used to continue playing them and there were relatively few varieties.

“Presently she has built up significantly more strokes, uncommonly at the net. She is a great deal more certain and that has had a major effect.”

The triumph in Australia came at simply the correct time for Nehwal, who had neglected to achieve a World Superseries last since last November in China and was coming back from an Achilles damage she supported toward the end of a year ago.

Padukone, who won the All England title in 1980 much sooner than badminton was admitted to the Olympics in 1992, said the 26-year-old’s diversion simply required a touch of tweaking.

“Strategically she can do a tad bit more. Possibly an arrangement An and arrangement B, which I’m certain she as of now has,” said Padukone, who will be a specialist for telecaster Star Sports amid the 2016 Games. “Perhaps if something doesn’t work, then she needs to have an alternate arrangement.

“It’s simply the subject of a tad bit of cleaning. She certainly has everything else she wouldn’t have been the place she is.”

China has for quite some time been the prevailing power in the game, clearing every one of the five titles at London four years prior, yet their shuttlers no more top the world rankings going to Rio.

While Malaysian Lee Chong Wei best the men’s singles rankings, Carolina Marin of Spain leads the ladies’ rundown with Nehwal in 6th spot.

World Badminton has additionally restricted every country to two singles contestants in every occasion – down from the three at London and past Games – and Padukone feels that makes a Chinese breadth of badminton gold in Rio more improbable.

“They are no more the overwhelming power passing by the outcomes we have found in the last 12 to 24 months,” Padukone said. “Prior when the attract used to come, everyone used to trust there are no Chinese.

“That is no more the case, that trepidation is not there any longer. That is useful for the amusement. For the Indians, however they wouldn’t say it, yet it used to be a psyche square.”

India’s most obvious opportunity with regards to decorations will come in the ladies’ singles, Padukone said, where and in addition Nehwal they have PV Sindhu positioned tenth on the planet.

Padukone said the most imperative thing for the Indian shuttlers was to top amid the Aug. 11-20 Rio rivalry.

“When you go there it doesn’t make a difference if in the most recent two months you have beaten all the top players and you have been the world number one,” Padukone said.

“It’s essential that you achieve the crest and play your best amid that specific week. That is the thing that will check at last and will be the key.”