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Is India ready for Rio Olympics?

As preparations for the Rio Olympics gather pace, India may be headed for yet another paltry medal haul

Dhruv Munjal 

Late last week in Jakarta, Saina Nehwal joyously thrilled and then imploded. Carolina Marin, the spunky 22-year-old from Spain, is an onerous opponent: gumption and physicality in plenty, and to go with it, rasping grunts that make you feel like you're up against Maria Sharapova on a badminton court.

The match oscillated tantalisingly in the first game, with Nehwal effectively combating the World No 1's all-round game but coming up agonisingly short. The second was like a smacking hurricane that left Nehwal severely bruised, and her confidence, unmistakably dented. The 22-24, 11-21 ...

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First Published: Sat, June 11 2016. 11:30 IST