New Delhi: Thursday is the Independence Day so is the day for new sensation on Indian badminton circuit P.V. Sindhu to break loose and establish herself as a new Badminton icon when she faces her senior and glamorous shuttler Saina Nehwal in the inaugural Indian Badminton League (IBL) at the DDA Badminton and Squash Stadium here.
The top two women players will be up against each other in a competitive match. While Saina is representing her home team Hyderabad Hotshots, Sindhu is the face of Awadhe Warriors on the last day of the Delhi-leg of the $1 million tournament.
Sindhu, 18, is riding high on confidence after winning the World Championship bronze recently. Being the senior now is the high time for the 23-year-old Saina to stamp her supremacy as it has been a year since she won won the Olympic bronze in London.
They might be nervous as they will be locking horns first time but so is their coach coach Pullela Gopichand under whome they have fine tuned their skills. National coach Gopichand has already said that he won't be anywhere near the stadium when the two girls fight it out.
"I always tell it openly that when both of them are shuttling, I am nowhere in the stadium. It is then up to them. I just wish in years to come, they will play a lot of finals against each other, so we are assured of gold and silver, irrespective of who wins or loses," said Gopichand.
Sindhu, however, played down the media hype surrounding the clash and said: "Saina is a great player. It will be exciting to play against her. She is experienced and playing very well. I will just play my game and give my 100 percent."