World Badminton Championship silver medalist Saina Nehwal has regained the no. 1 position. Sania in the World Championship final was defeated by Carolina Marin of Spain. Before the final Saina had started the match as no. 2. But as the world ranking changed for this week Saina replaced Carolina Marin for the first place.
Saina regaining the numero uno position said her decision to change base to Bangalore under the tutelage of Vimal Kumar turned out to be significant move in her life. She said Vimal Kumar has helped him improve her game and prolong her career. Saina decided to quit the game last year following a string of poor performances. But, as, per Saina, Vimal has instilled confidence self-believe in her.
“I was thinking about quitting (last year) because I was getting irritated with the kind of performances I was giving. I was not happy with the way I was playing. I was not finding out ways to win though I was a world-class player,” Saina told PTI after coming back home from Jakarta.
“It was a move from Hyderabad, but I did it because I wanted to improve and I think it was a good decision. Vimal Sir’s influence is the biggest change. I really want to thank him for spending so much time with me and making me believe that I am a champion, I can be number one. I owe much to him” Saina said.
As result Saina, this year won the Uber Cup, Australia Opens, China Opens and India Opens and reached the finals of All England Championship that helped him regain the no. 1 position. But she unfortunately she lost two major Badminton championship to the same opponent –Carolina Marin. But, she is the only Indian badminton who recorded the best performance in the World Championship.
This was the first time that Saina managed to clear the quarter-final jinx and she said it came as a “big relief”. “It really helped ( the decision to shift to Bangalore) and everyone can see that. A lot has changed since then. I have changed as a person. I have won the China and India Opens, reached the finals of All England and World Championships and am now assured of the top spot… I’m glad to be No.1 again,” Saina said. Saina also emphasises that having personal coach also helped her to improve the game naturally. Saina indicated her unhappiness for being at Pullela Gopichand’s academy in her home city Hyderabad.
“Even physically I am feeling much better. It’s because when you get the personal attention you are naturally going to improve. The whole attention is on you. He is working on areas in which I am weak,” Saina pointed out. Saina now having the created the history of becoming the first Indian women to enter the finals of World Championship is all set for the Rio Olympics, 2016.
“This (World Championship) medal is special because it is going to give me lot more confidence to be ready for the Olympics. That is for sure. The Olympics will have the same players coming in. It will be a lot more pressure. But the same kind of players will be there,” she said.
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