The Thais have a good record in the Hero Women's India Open with rising star Pornanong Phatlum winning it three times - 2008, 2009 and 2012 - and Thidapa Suwannapura emerging victorious here last year.

Smriti said despite knowing the course so well she would have to manage her game properly to win it here.

"I don't want to be complacent. Although I know this course inside out, it doesn't mean I can win. In this beautiful course you need to manage your game and I hope this will carry me through," said Smriti.

"The weather is perfect just a little chilly when the winds blow. I want to enjoy my game and do well this time around," she insisted.

Although Phatlum is missing the tournament this year, Suwannapura is ready to go the extra mile to defend her title.      

"Yes, I'm prepared for this, mentally and physically. It's now left to me to execute the actions," said the young woman from Bangkok.

She believes her main challengers are from within the Thai camp.

"I know my compatriots are all out to dethrone me and I take it as a challenge," she said.

"Then again you have the challenge from the Ladies European Tour (LET) players. So the path to victory is not going to be easy for me," Suwannapura added.

In the inaugural edition in 2007, another Thai Russamee Gulyanamitta, lost in a playoff with Tseng Ya Ni (who was playing in her first professional event after turning pro months earlier).

Two other past winners from LET Laura Davies (2010) and Caroline Hedwell (2011) are missing from this year's event.

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