Vimal Kumar inspired Saina by showing Roger Federer’s training video
Vimal Kumar, the two-time national champion badminton player who was even within the World’s top twenty in a year, admitted that Saina Nehwal had thought of quitting the game last year when she was continuously losing in the tournaments. And in the women’s national training camp for the Uber Cup where Vimal was appointed a national coach, Saina expressed her utmost frustration on her continuous failure in the international championships.
Vimal said on Wednesday, “Saina confessed with deep anguish that time had come for her to stop playing. And then I proposed her she could come to Bangalore and resume training at the Prakash Padukone academy.”
After Uber Cup was finished Saina nodded to Vimal’s proposal and left Hyderabad to restart her preparation at Padukone academy under the careful tutelage of Vimal Kumar. Vimal added, “Initially when we started training, Saina was similarly frustrated as she was before. I used to give her example of Roger Federer’s struggle to come back to his old form. Even I used to show her Federer’s training video. And Saina, being also a tremendous fighter, gradually motivated her back and resumed the training with sheer dedication.”
According to Vimal, the main change in Saina’s game style is that she now can now force her opponent to play a long rally in a game. The coach who was highly influenced by legendary tennis coach Ivan Lendl, Tony Roche’s training style, informed, “I have a training item where Saina practices 80-ball single rally which means she has to play 80-ball rally to earn a point. And this training has helped her to play long rally now. This apart, she often trains multi-ball practice to gain the fitness.”
Still, Vimal Kumar is discontent with Saina’s lack of sprinting ability to come to the nets against the superb drop shots offered by Carolina Marin in the World Championship final in Djakarta. And before the ace shuttler will leave for Korea Masters and Japan Open Masters championship within next two weeks, Vimal Kumar is all set to gear up with another special training which will help Saina to learn technique of sprints.
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