Hyderabad: Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu is more anxious about playing in 11-point format games than playing against her home team Hyderabad as the curtains are set to open up on the Season 2 of Premier Badminton League, on Sunday.
The 11-point is the taking point out here are players and coaches prepared for the Season 2. The shorter format of the games has made it crucial for the players to be on their toes all the time and Sindhu wants to get into the groove of this system as soon as possible.
To be playing against the Olympic gold medallist and two-time World Champion Carolina Marin in the opening game itself is a treat for both Sindhu and Indian fans.
While Sindhu would like to set the records straight, the Spaniard on the other hand is as well prepared and never gives an inch to her opponents. A must-match is on card on the season opening day at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium on Sunday evening.
Carolina will represent home team Hyderabad Hunters, while Sindhu plays for Chennai Smashers. Her other regret though not getting the chance to play in front of team fans as for some technical reasons no matches have been scheduled in Chennai.
This year the stakes have been raised to Rs 6 crore and a glittering trophy, the highest prize money for any badminton tournament in the world.
Hunters’ finished fifth in Season 1 but now by getting Carolina on their side they have made their intent clear of going for the kill this season.
While her presence will be a huge boost, lot will also depend on the how the trio of Rajiv Ouseph of England and Indian pair of Sameer Verma and B Sai Praneeth perform.
They will be the ones who will represent the team in the men’s single matches and with two points dedicated to the men’s single event in the tournament, it will be very crucial that they perform to the best of their ability.
They are also very well covered in the doubles competition, with current World No.1 Tan Wee Kiong and former World No.1 Tan Boon Heong forming up a formidable doubles partnership. The presence of upcoming Indian doubles specialist Satwik Sairaj will also add to the team’s depth in the doubles section.
Chennai Smashers, the semifinalists of last edition, will be all eager to go the distance this year.
Sindhu, going through a purple patch will play a huge role in the team’s success and her performance would matter a lot for the team during the course of the tournament.
They also have the experienced P Kashyap, Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk and Tommy Sugiarto in their ranks who will for sure add a lot of teeth in their men’s singles department, while the mixed doubles competition will be spearheaded by the English pair of Gabrielle Adcock and Chris Adcock.
Defending champions Delhi Acers in a bid to win the title for the second time will step on the court with a fairly new-look squad. With the presence of Danish heavyweight Jan O Jorgensen and South Korea’s Son Wan Ho, they will be one of the most dreaded in the tournament as far as the men’s singles matches will be concerned.
A lot will depend on how these two perform during the course of the tournament. A lot would also be dependent on Jwala Gutta, the ace Indian doubles specialist, who will not have to shoulder the responsibility of leading the team from the front in the mixed doubles.
If she performs to the best of her abilities, it will for sure give Acers a great chance of retaining the championship.