INDIA’S Saina Nehwal (pic) has shed tears too many times over badminton. And the many struggles have only made the talented youngster a stronger person.
A passport problem almost saw her missing the trip in the ongoing Super Series Masters Finals in Kota Kinabalu. But, being the resilient person that she is, she took matters into her own hands to see to it that she made it for the prestigious tournament.
And her persistence paid off when she booked a place in the semi-finals as the Group B runner-up. She defeated Pi Hongyan of France and Malaysia’s Wong Mew Choo yesterday.
“I almost did not make it. I was invited because China’s players withdrew. There were no more empty pages on my passport. I thought I could settle the matter within days but it took longer than expected,” said Saina, who will take on Wang Chen of Hong Kong in today’s semi-final.