He has been in Djakarta now to watch his old student who had already created history in the World Badminton Championship yesterday, on 15th August by reaching the final as the first Indian badminton player. Pullela Gopichand who had a long coaching career with Saina Nehwal for around eight years seems amazed with the change in Saina’s style of play and her increasing patience to acquire each point.
Gopichand, speaking over phone from Djakarta on Saturday night said, “Saina has developed temperament a lot. Now she does not get restless even after losing point. She has been more calm and quiet and she has developed another ability to continue longer rally instead of finishing the rally quickly.” The chief national coach said he was also very pleased to have watched Saina’s improvement in offering more variety of strokes. He said, “In this World Championship, I found Saina’s back-hand crosscourt shots had improved a lot. More precisely, she could deliver variety of shots in both the hands with more spin and her drop shots became too tough for Lindaweini Fanetri in the semifinal.” complacent.”
Gopichand is also optimistic that Saina could achieve another medal in Rio Olympics next year if she can continue her present form. The for4mer All England badminton champion said, “If she can keep this form there is an obvious chance for her to get another medal from Rio.” Saina has already achieved a bronze in London Olympics.
The legend in Indian badminton, Prakash Padukone is nowadays referred to Saina’s behind-the-screen-hero for last one year as Saina’s training under coach Vimal Kumar has been going on at Prakash Padukone’s academy in Bangalore. Padukone, initially, refusing to give reaction on Saina’s reaching in the final as the first Indian shuttler, said later, “Carolina Marin, the finalist against Saina in the final is a fine shuttler. She plays tricky game and she also can deliver high speed strokes which are always dangerous to her any opponent. So, Saina should not at all be