Saina Nehwal: I really wish to have that aggressiveness, how Virat (Kohli) has got

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Saina Nehwal: I really wish to have that aggressiveness, how Virat (Kohli) has got

Saina Nehwal, who has been struggling all year, appears to have zeroed in on the missing piece to her game–aggressive intent. Praising Virat Kohli's style of play, she vowed to continue the attacking strategy that helped her clinch her first Superseries title of the year – the Australian Open.

The former World No. 1 has had a torrid time slipping from World NO. 1 to No. 8 during the first half of the year. Recovering from an injury, she had looked out of sorts on the court losing in semifinal after semifinal this year. Finally, she overcame her inner demons vanquishing serious opponents on the way to the title at Sydney.

"In Australia, I was surprised to see myself being more aggressive. I was not doing that for a long time. But here, I was attacking a lot more. I was very, very aggressive and that's what I have learnt. I hope, in future matches also, I retain my aggression and continue attacking," Saina told the media conference, reported PTI.

Saina also cited aggressive intent as the key to her success on the sporting field underlining the dominance of aggressive players like her rival Carolina Marin and India's Test cricket captain.

"All the players, if you see badminton, Carolina (Marin), she got very aggressive game. I really wish to have that aggressiveness, how Virat (Kohli) has got. He is playing really well these days. Every match he is performing so well.

He is very aggressive on the field. So, the more aggressive you are, the better you perform.

"Because, it gives lot more confidence, lot more speed to move on the court. That's what I have been seeing on the field," she said.

Saina also pointed out to the huge boost of confidence after she defeated big-time rivals en route to the title.

"I was looking for a victory so that I get the confidence to play against all top players," she added.

"All the matches were really tough; in the quarters I played Ratchanok Intanon, then Wang Yihan and in the finals, it was a close match. Really very happy with this victory, of course, it will give me confidence to work hard. With Olympics coming up, I just hope to maintain my fitness and remain injury-free which is very important.

"With the hard work, I am putting in, there will be better results coming in the future," she added, reported PTI.

Talking about the Olympics, Saina said, "Every player who is playing Olympics has a dream of wanting to win a medal. I am one of them. Definitely, I want to do well and win another medal. But, it's not that easy.

“It's a very tough tournament.

"All the players will be very well prepared. Everyone has a chance to win a medal in such a tournament. This time, my father will be accompanying me to Brazil. I hope to come back with a medal. But, it's not going to be easy. I will try my best”.

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