Saina Nehwal: It takes time to get your movement back

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Saina Nehwal: It takes time to get your movement back

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SportsCafe Desk

05/08/2017

Star Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has spoken about her return post her career-threatening knee injury by stating that she was still trying to get back to her best form after the injury. She has also added that the losses incurred in recent competitions were just a part of the recuperating process.

Saina Nehwal suffered a terrible knee injury before leaving for Olympics 2016 which hampered her hopes of winning a medal for the second consecutive time. The 2012 London Olympics bronze medalist underwent a major surgery and was out of the court for approximately 3 months. 

"There is nothing much that can be planned as of now. The surgery phase was a little difficult. It is not easy to come back after such a surgery because there are slot of movements you suddenly forget. The cross movement is a struggle to deal with, and it takes time to get your movement back," Saina said at the Edelweiss Brain Bout event on Sunday evening.

Saina's coach Vimal Kumar had pointed out her lack of net play and the shuttler clarified her stance on the same. 

"There will definitely be issues when you come out of injury, it remains in your mind. I don't feel it as it is a natural phenomenon. But we are working on the net area." 

Saina reassured her fans that with each game she is gaining the momentum and confidence to get back to winning ways.

"I'm losing narrowly, say (from) 18 points in 3rd game. Confidence also matters, and once I get a win here and there, it will come back. Fitness is important because of the scheduling of back to back tournaments. I can see that I am not very far from my best. It will come with a 5-6 week break.", she added.

Saina will compete in the upcoming Thailand Grand Prix, Indonesia Super Series, and Australia Super Series.

"I'm not thinking about ranking, it's about winning tournaments. Ranking will obviously improve by winning tournaments," she said.

PV Sindhu has overtaken Saina as India's popular badminton player and the latter expressed her respect for the 2016 Olympic silver medal winner.

"Sindhu is also playing a lot of opponents a lot of matches, lot of top players, so she's competing with the best. It shows her fighting spirit which has gone higher. That's the reason she's able to achieve so much.", Saina said.

The Badminton Association Of India(BAI) recently appointed Himanta Biswas Sarma as the new president and the new elect cleared the national players pending prize money which the association owed them for the past three years. Saina expressed her happiness on the same and hoped the new president takes Indian badminton to new heights.

"Akhilesh Das Gupta (who passed away recently) took badminton to a certain level in India and I'm sure the new president will take it further," she stated.

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