With less than a week to go for London Olympics, anxiousness in India's badminton camp is on the rise. The two-decade old quest for Indian shuttlers to end their drought might well end in London. India will be fighting it out on the court with five players in four different categories, eyeing realistically three medals. This is the biggest Indian badminton contingent in the Olympics ever.
The world number 5, Saina Nehwal is India's best bet. She is in great form at present, having clinched two back to back titles last month. She is capable of competing with the Chinese women, who no doubt will be targeting a clean sweep. Saina, seeded fourth at the Olympics would want to end up in the lower half of the draw where she can avoid Wang Yihan before the finals. In the final list, Yihan, Wang Xin and Li Xuerui from China are above Saina. Saina defeated Li Xuerui in the finals of Indonesia Open last month, thereby ending Xuerui's 30-match winning streak. Wang Xin is being considered the best player from China at the moment though Yihan is the only player Saina has not beaten yet. Yihan does not seem to be performing very well these days but that could easily change in the Olympics. However, Xuerui, who struggled against Saina in Jakarta, has beaten Yihan thrice in the last four months. So we can expect Saina to get past Yihan too.