The India Open Super series is all set to start on Tuesday and Carolina Marin is seeing it as an opportunity to get back to the pinnacle of the women’s ranking. Marin who won the Gold medal at the Olympic games has been marred with a few injuries since then and has slipped to the number 4 spot.
In a chat with NDTV, Marin spoke about her hopes for the India Open Superseries and also gave us a piece of her mind with regard to Saina Nehwal reaching the helm of the women’s ranking.
“I would like to be the World No.1. So, I don’t think I am going to allow it”
“But there are some top players in the top 10. I think we are all at the same level. Let’s see who is going to fight for the next tournaments.”
Marin hasn’t won a tournament after the Olympic glory and would love to claim a title here, now that she has completely recovered from all the niggles that prevented her from playing her best badminton.
The main draw of the event starts on Wednesday, when Marin, who is seeded first in the tournament takes on the 41st ranked Kim Hyo Min of South Korea.
Marin was extremely impressive against Sindhu in the Olympic final, executing her all court game to perfection to constantly keep Sindhu on the move and not let her settle for one moment. She will be hoping that now that she is injury free, she’ll be able to replicate her Olympic form in India and regain that elusive top spot.
Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu are present in the other half of the draw and only of them could possibly meet Marin in the final(if all goes to plan).
We are in for a wonderful few days of Badminton in India, and you would have to be heavily ignorant to be missing out on witnessing the best shuttlers in the world competing in your own backyard.