first_imgSindhu said that only after stepping on the court in Rio Sindhu said that only after stepping on the court in Rio can she exactly say how different the environment will be, but she did not think the Olympics meant extra pressure. “Its the Olympic Games, so you need to play well. Everything is in your mind, but (theres) nothing like (extra) pressure. Its really exciting, but I may not know till I play a match as its the first time for me.” She said it was crucial for the team members to be strong, both on the physical as well as the mental side. “Physically and mentally we need to be very strong and its important to train hard as nowadays the matches are long in badminton.” With the Games fast approaching planning has been done so that Sindhu and the others would be free to concentrate on training intensely for one month just prior to the mega event. “Only a few months are left (for the Games) and there are some tournaments left to play. We need to be prepared for them as well as Rio. The next important events (for Indian shuttlers) are the Thomas and Uber Cups (finals, from May 15-22 in China). “We will be playing in Indonesia and Australia and then we will be having one month training. We are going to put the full effort for the Rio Olympics,” said Sindhu. The near six-foot-tall player said it was not easy to pick anyone as a likely medallist and it was not wise to take any opponent lightly, while singling out Thailands former world champion Ratchanok Intanon and Chinese Taipeis Tai Tzu Ying as particularly difficult opponents for her. “We cant say one person can win as every person – from 1-20 ranking – is capable of winning a medal. Whoever plays well on that day will be the winner. We cant take it easy against anyone. “As of now Ratchanok, is really challenging and is doing really well. I have recently played with her. And also Tai, she has also been playing well. I would have beaten her (recently), but missed it by 2-3 points. It depends on the day. “The best players are going to come to the Olympics. We cannot say one is easy and another is difficult, as every player has different style of play,” she explained. (MORE) PTI SSR GK ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img