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Medal hopes are high'.

INDIA'S badminton coach Pullela Gopi Chand is hoping for more than one medal from his wards at the London Olympics.

Gopi says that apart from Saina, the two doubles pairs Jwala Gutta- Ashwini Ponappa and Jwala- V Diju) also have an outside chance of winning a medal.

There are reasons we have expectations. It needs to be converted. The margins with which we have won or lost -- whether it is Saina or the women's doubles or mixed doubles team -- is not big. Even Kashyap, the way he played in Indonesia, has an outside chance of winning a medal. The competition is going to be tough and we have to be well prepared.

" The players have to focus on smaller things and ensure that they stick to the routine. One good match and the doubles team could be in the medal round. They have all played at the highest level." Gopi feels that Saina would be targeted by the Chinese since she won the last two tournaments.

" She will be targeted. It will make her job more difficult. But she has grown as a player in these four years. To be at the top, you have to evolve with the game and she has done that. She has taken up the challenges whether it is her game or mental strength."

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