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Defending champion plays down expectations

1 Apr 2018

Defending women's badminton singles champion Michelle Li is playing down expectations of retaining her title at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Li defeated Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour in the final at Glasgow 2014, but insists the floor is open, with India leading the charge.

"I don't want to think too much about defending the title," said Li, who will compete also in the mixed team event and the mixed doubles with Brian Yang.

"I just want to be able to play my game and perform well and if I can do that I will be happy whatever the outcome."

India's flagbearer Venkata Pusarla (widely known as PV Sindhu) remains a steady favourite for the singles title, according to Li, who also rates India’s Saina Nehwal, Malaysia’s Soniia Cheah and Scotland’s Gilmour as strong medal contenders.

"My goal this year is to improve my performance and I guess I am not focusing too much on the titles and the ranking points," Li said.

"Everything at this moment is a learning process and I think this (competition) is definitely going to add to that ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics."

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This article was produced by Games News Service.