London Olympics silver-medallist Mathias Boe of Denmark feels India’s Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu can clinch medals at the Rio Olympics this year as China’s dominance in world badminton, especially in women’s singles, seems to be ending.
Boe, who alongwith his men’s doubles partner Carsten Mogensen, won a silver and a bronze at the World Championship in Guangzhou and Copenhagen respectively, feels China’s women’s singles players seem a little old but said ruling them out will be a mistake.
“If you look at the last few tournaments they are not as good as they used to be but may be they tried something different, I don’t know. We will know that better after the Olympics. If they can get all five gold medals we can’t say so. But it seems they are not as dominant now,” Boe, who is in India to play for Mumbai Rockets at the Premier Badminton League (PBL), told PTI.
“Like in Ladies single, they always had the best in the top 4 in the world but now they have just one. In men’s singles they have Chen Long, he is the best, they have the best mixed and ladies doubles. However, I would say they have struggled a bit especially in ladies singles where they have always dominated. They seem a little old but let’s not rule them out because that would be a mistake,” he added.