The absence of defending champion Carolina Marin will be an advantage, but there are at least six other title contenders at the Tokyo Games and PV Sindhu needs to look at their past performance to develop a suitable strategy, the former coach said in Indian chief Vimal Kumar.
Sindhu had to settle for a silver medal five years ago at the Rio Games after facing Marin.
The three-time Spanish world champion withdrew from the Tokyo Games after injuring his knee.
“Marin was a strong contender for gold and her absence will be felt. So many players will have an advantage, not just Sindhu. Sindhu definitely has a chance for gold, but there are at least six other girls who can. claim the title, “Vimal said.
“Tai Tzu Ying, the two Japanese girls Akane Yamaguchi and Nozomi Okuhara are strong contenders. I’m not sure about the two Chinese girls, Chen Yufei and He Binjiao. I haven’t seen them play lately, so I don’t. don’t know how they’re prepared or how they’re going to behave. Ratchanok Inthanon can also be tricky. ”
“It will also come down to that day, which is in the right mental and physical condition that day to get by. So it’s still very open, anyone among those six girls can be 1- 2-3, “he said. .
Vimal said there is still plenty of time left and Sindhu needs to work on his strategies against potential opponents.
“You can do a lot of things, like discussing your potential rivals, watching and analyzing matches: what situation they lost a match in, what mistakes they made. It helps to design tactics and also gives players confidence. They still have because the Olympics are still a month away, ”he advised.
The 58-year-old, who represented India at the 1992 Games, believes B Sai Praneeth has a good tactical game and could become a dark horse in the men’s singles at the Olympics, starting July 23.
World number 15 Praneeth ended a 36-year wait by winning the bronze medal at the World Championship in 2019.
“As a junior I always thought he would do more than anyone. He’s the first to do well in the World Championship after Prakash (Padukone), so there is no reason why he couldn’t not doing well at the Olympics.
“If he gets a good draw he can be a dark horse,” said Vimal, who was India’s head coach from 2001 to 2006.
“I don’t know what physical condition he is in, but you never know. If you don’t meet a big player at the start of the toss, the chances of going far are greater at the Olympics than at one. Super Series event.
“It depends again on the mental and physical strength to last, from a game point of view, from a tactical point of view, he’s all good.”
Speaking about Sindhu’s chances at the Olympics, former Indian coach Madhumita Bisht said: “We all expect gold from us. She was a dark horse in 2016. We never thought she would win a medal. There was no pressure. But now she’s a world champion and silver medalist and there is also COVID-19 to deal with. ”
“The pandemic has hit India more than other countries. Being a sportswoman competing in the Olympics is stressful enough and now there will also be this tension to stay safe, but she is a hard working person and she will do well. ”
Sindhu did not have great results heading into the Olympics with only one final to show at the Swiss Open.
“I felt that her physical condition was not very good during the tournaments that she played this year. She plays very long matches and after going to London and with this confinement. Physically, she was not at this level. But that’s not going to affect her because past performance doesn’t matter, she’s a strong girl, “Bisht said.