Rio -- Indias seven-member badminton team begin their Rio campaign on Thursday, with both the doubles combinations and the three singles players across the mens and womens categories in action.Although this is Indias largest ever ever badminton contingent at an Olympics, with as many as seven players having qualified, medal hopes rest largely on Saina Nehwal.Saina, who is at her third Olympics, having reached the quarterfinals in Beijing in 2008 and won a bronze in London in 2012, has been in Rio since Monday, training at the Riocentro facility with her coach Vimal Kumar.There has not been so much hype as far as badminton is concerned so that has helped and she can focus, Vimal told ESPN. There is absolutely no pressure. The group stages should give her the momentum, the two matches there should not be much of an issue. Shes enjoying herself.Sainas lung opener is against 20-year old local player Vicente Lohaynny, ranked 73rd in the world. Players in the badminton competition have been drawn into groups of three and Saina will come up against another lesser known player, 61st ranked Maria Ulitina of Ukraine in her second match later.She is expected to ease past these these two, but the draw starts getting trickier with her pre-quarterfinals opponent likely to be Thailands Porntip Buranaprasertsuk, who is currently ranked 16. Saina has won 9 of the 10 matches between the pair, making her the overwhelming favorite to win that encounter too.Vimal is not looking beyond that match, scheduled for August 15, because if Saina gets past the Thai girl, her likely quarterfinal opponent will be Chinas Li Xuerui. The world number three won gold at the last Olympics in London and leads Saina 12-2 in their career head-to-head. Saina has lost her last eight matches to Xuerui, a streak that goes back to 2012.In practice sessions, we did do a lot of work about playing her, Kumar said. But our idea is to take one match at a time. At the moment we are not thinking about Li Xureui but definitely Saina has worked on certain strategies. We discussed about the tactics against quite a few of her potential rivals.We have been able to do some sort of match analysis in our training and stroke routines, based on those players. So everything is in place, now it all depends on that particular day. This is her third Olympic games, she has that experience and thats a big plus factor.Before arriving for the Games, Saina insisted that she will be approaching the Olympics just like any other major event on the circuit, describing it in one media interaction as the Rio Super series. It is a strategy Kumar is completely on board with, calling it is a smart way to ease the pressure.With Sainas ankle injury having healed fully, the build-up has been near perfect. Saina won her last tournament, the Australian Open, in June and has put in the hard yards in Bangalore over the last few weeks to prepare for another push to the Olympic podium.She has been able to train pain free, some small aches and pains are always there but when shes moving well and attack and play her normal game rather than get into a stage where you just have to retrieve, Kumar says.That only happens when you are moving well and if she is doing that, then I am very confident. Considering the way she has beaten some of these big girls in the recent past, her experience and her high confidence, I feel she is a strong medal contender. Evan Boehm Jersey . There are surprises among the Vezina candidates, but most of the others are standard top-tier performers, even if the two Hart Trophy runners-ups have never been quite as good as they have been through the first half of the season. Blaine Gabbert Jersey . 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