Saina and I have a chance of winning Olympic medal: Tine
Two-time All England champion Tine Baun is confident that she and Indian ace Saina Nehwal are good enough to topple the formidable Chinese players at the London Olympics and win medals.
Baun said they have succeeded in presenting a good challenge to the strong Chinese players on the circuit and are now confident of beating them.
"There is a good chance for both Saina and me winning a medal in Olympics. We along with Juliane Schenk of Germany have been pushing the Chinese and there is pressure on the Chinese now. They are used to winning gold and when they play in the Olympics, they are always the best. But me and Saina are also training hard and will be at our best," Tine said.
Image: Saina Nehwal
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'I have the possibility of beating the Chinese'
"I have the possibility of beating the Chinese. I am satisfied with the way I have progressed after being injured in the past. I want to play my best and stay injury free. I want to focus on my game," she added.
The fifth seeded Danish on Wednesday defeated Japanese Sayaka Sato 21-15, 22-20 to make a good start to her campaign at the Yonex Sunrise India Open.
"I am very happy with my game. It has been two days that I have been in India. My body is getting used to the time difference and jetlag. It was a slow start but I did well in the end," she said.
Tine retained her European title last week in Karlskrona, Sweden and the 32-year-old was pleased with her performance.
Image: Tine Baun of Denmark
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'I know I am ageing but I haven't decided on my retirement'
"I'm happy with European title last week. My performance in the All England was also good. I showed some good badminton and these were the best this year. It is a nice feeling.
"I am still working on some areas. I had to struggle with injuries and it takes time to get back to your best," she added.
Her compatriot Peter Gade has decided to hang up his boots this year and asked if she was also thinking in similar lines, Tine said she has not decided as yet.
"I have been injury free for the last two months and I would like to continue as long as possible. I know I am ageing but I haven't decided on my retirement till now. As long as I am having fun on the court, I will keep playing," said the 32-year-old.
Image: Tine Rasmussen of Denmark
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