Saina Nehwal can win an Olympic gold: Tine Baun

Tine Baun
New Delhi, April  25: Top Danish shuttler Tine Baun feels that Saina Nehwal has the potential to win an Olympic gold but to do that the Indian will have to be at the peak of her game.

Two-time All England champion Tine said if she and Saina Nehwal can break into the top four in world rankings, only two Chinese could be in the 2012 London Olympics and that would be good for a non-Chinese to win the gold.

"Saina is a talented and attacking player, like me. She can win a Olympic gold. We have to be tactical and in good shape and play at top level to beat the Chinese," said world number nine Tine who is taking part in Indian Open Super Series starting here from Tuesday.

"I think it would be a tough competing against the Chinese in Olympics but we and some other non-Chinese are doing well. It would be tough competition though as the Koreans have also improved a lot," she said.

"May be if we (she and Saina) are good, we can push ourself to the top four and only get two Chinese play in the Olympics. I think everybody have to play together to break the Chinese dominance," said Tine, who has a perfect record against Saina.

Tine is returning to the court in the Indian Open Super series after recovering from a heel bone injury and the Dane said she has set no targets and would take one match at a time.

"I didn't play in the All England, I am coming from an injury and I am not at my best level, so I have set no targets. I don't know how well I would play but if I happen to be in a potential finals with Saina it would be tough," said Tine, who takes on Singaporean Aiying Xing in the first round.

Asked about BWF's new rule to make wearing skirts on court mandatory, Tine said it was a "stupid" decision and players need to be given the freedom to choose their dress.

"I think it is very very stupid. I think players should be allowed to play in shorts if they like. I play in shirts and I like that. If other players want to play in shorts, they should be allowed to do that," she said.


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