Mumbai, May 14 (PTI) All set to spearhead Indias campaign in the upcoming Sudirman Cup world mixed team badminton championships slated to be held in Australia, ace shuttler P V Sindhu is confident of a good show by the team.”I think we have a good chance, its a mixed team event so girls and boys both have to perform well. We are playing Indonesia and Denmark, so I hope we can win,” Sindhu said here last night after being conferred with the honorary life membership of the Cricket Club India.India, ranked no. 9, is placed in Group 1D with Denmark and Indonesia in the preliminary stage of the competition, scheduled from May 21-28. The team had finished 9th in the previous edition of the championships.India will depend a lot on the world no. 4-ranked Rio Olympic Games silver medallist in the event, from which another top woman shuttler and London Games bronze medal winner Saina Nehwal has pulled out due to family reasons.Since only one woman could play as its a mixed team event, Sindhu said Sainas absence should not be an issue.”Yes, Saina isnt playing, but when it comes to one singles and doubles only one player is required, so that shouldnt be any issue,” said the 21-year-old shuttler after having interacted with the CCI badminton-playing children at the clubs courts earlier.Sindhu has slipped down from the world no. 2 ranking she achieved after winning the Indian Open, and is eager to move up the ladder.advertisement”Currently Im on fourth (rank) and I expect to see myself in top three by the end of the year.”But I have already been in top two so I would definitely like to see myself as world number one, but before that I think you have to play well and if you do that ranking will automatically come,” she said.On current no.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese-Taipei whom she had beaten on way to the silver medal in Rio, Sindhu said, “We havent played much recently. The last was Rio and All England. So I havent faced her recently.””But she is winning a lot of matches and doing well for herself. But when it comes to me playing against her, I feel its going to be a good match,” she said.Asked about the high points for her after winning the silver in Rio, the lanky shuttler said, “Winning China Open and Indian Open. I had always wanted to win a Super Series (event) and by fulfilling that I feel very happy and it gives me a lot of confidence.””After the Olympics Ive seen a lot of change, kids picking up badminton and also then a lot of academies have come up.”So, its a good sign and badminton as a sport is getting much more encouragement,” she said when asked about the changes she had seen in the shuttle game after her historic silver medal winning effort at Rio.Earlier during her interaction with the younger lot of club players, Sindhu evoked admiration when she said that she trained daily for 7-8 hours.She also said that players can learn a lot after losing a game by thinking back to the match and pinning down the errors they had made.”When I lose a point I dont think about it (at that stage) as thinking over it would make you lose the next 2-3 points,” Sindhu said. PTI SSR GK JMF
The Walmart sweatsuit worn by Kristin Bauer on the first episode of True Blood’s fifth season is going under the hammer to help finance the documentary Out for Africa that Kristin and her husband Abri van Straten will shoot in Kenya this summer.Kristin Bauer’s SweatsuitThe actress has been asking fans for donations to help fund a new documentary that looks into the poaching and slaughter of Africa’s majestic animals. She has already raised $64,000, and is hoping the sale of the piece of True Blood’s wardrobe will raise even more.“This year my husband Abri van Straten and I are going to Kenya with a camera crew to see majestic Elephant families and Rhino in their natural habitat and to meet with the real heroes who work tirelessly for the African wildlife to shine a light on the crisis facing Elephants and Rhino due to rampant poaching for the ivory and horn trades to supply the growing Asian market,” she said.Upcoming items for auction are a Sookie modesty patch and bra signed by Anna Paquin and a one of a kind, Authority necklace from the True Blood Costume Department.The sweatsuit is up for auction on eBay until August 30 – you can access the auction here.To find out more about Kristin’s documentary project, click here.