Saina is Indiaâ€™s top most badminton player. The 20-year-old Saina, is a native of Haryana and now training under another former top player Pullela Gopichand of Hyderabad.â€œThe year so far has been great and amazing. I entered the semi-finals at All-England and ABC. My focus would now be on the next three weeks (Chennai, Singapore and Indonesia). After that I will take a break of four to six weeks and then prepare for the World Cup. I want to really do well in the World Cup, Commonwealth and Asian Games,â€ said Saina.
Though she is top seeded at Chennai in the India Open Gold Prix Gold Badminton Championships, Saina was guarded on how well she hoped to perform. â€œI will not say how far I can go in the tournament. All players are good fighters and I need to be alert from my very first match. If the draw goes well, I hope to play Sayali (Gokhale) in the quarterfinals,â€ Saina remarked. Taking her loss in the Asian Badminton Championships semi-finals to a qualifier in her stride, Saina said, â€œI made too many mistakes and allowed her to take a big lead. Though I tried to rally, it was too late.
I am focusing on my strokes during training and this can be seen on the court,â€ she added. Saina Nehwal, returning to Chennai, after five years was received with warmth by organizing secretary Ashok Bajaj, BAI secretary Punnaiah Chodhary and India junior coach Sanjeev Sachdeva.