Marin ready for dinner date with Sindhu

The two-time world champion, the 23-year-old Marin, will spearhead the Hyderabad Hunters in the PBL, while Sindhu will be playing for Chennai Smashers.

“I have to be careful to avoid injury scares, but I am confident of being at my best during the PBL," Marin said.   -  AFP

Rio Olympics gold medallist, Carolina Marin, is excited to take on P. V. Sindhu in the second edition of the Premier Badminton League starting here from January 1.

In a Skype interaction, the Spanish badminton great said she hoped the contest between the two can match the level of their epic Rio Olympic final encounter.

The two-time world champion, the 23-year-old Marin, will spearhead the Hyderabad Hunters in the PBL, while Sindhu will be playing for Chennai Smashers.

The World No. 2 said both Saina Nehwal and Sindhu are totally different players. “Saina has vast experience and quality shots. And Sindhu plays an attacking game. But, again you have to be at your best to beat either of them for they are very difficult customers,” she said.

Marin accepted that it is difficult to keep her performance level up after the Olympic triumph, but is happy with all the adulation that has followed after her gold medal-wining performance. “Without doubt, Olympics gold is the best ever performance by me. After that, the injury had made things difficult and also forced me to skip a couple of events,” she said. “I have to be careful to avoid injury scares, but I am confident of being at my best during the PBL.”

Elaborating on the 11-point game format in the PBL, Marin feels the game will change a lot making it an exciting prospect. “I sincerely hope that many fans will turn up at the venue and cheer our team,” said the Hunters star player.

Finally, a smiling Marin also gleefully accepted archrival Sindhu’s invitation for dinner at the latter’s residence. “Of course, I will be there,” she said, reminding the world of the warmth the duo share despite their on-court rivalry.