Hyderabad: World No. 6 women’s singles player Saina Nehwal of India who suffered a shock exit in the group stages of the Women’s singles event at the Rio Olympics due to an injury to her right knee, revealed that it is possible that her badminton career might come to an abrupt end.
The former World No. 1 who is making a comeback at the China Super Series Premier starting November 15, told Indian media that many uncertainties lay ahead of her in regards to her badminton career.
“It is okay, many people will think my career will end and I won’t come back. I also think somewhere deep in my heart that maybe it is the end of my career, so let’s see how it is. Maybe, you never know,” said Nehwal.
However, she also showed her fighting spirit and her determination to return to competition after her serious injury.
“I am going to continue working hard, take good care of my body and keep improving on my weaknesses,” said Nehwal.
“From now on, I am just going to think about next one year, it’s is year by year now. I will not set a target for the next 5-6 years. I may change my mind in the next one, or may be the next two or three years. Therefore, I just would like to keep taking good care of my body and staying in good shape, because that was a very painful injury. Even if I win a tournament, the happiness is not so much because of the amount of pain I have to endure from the injury.”
From the tone of Nehwal’s interview, it’s clear that the 26-year-old’s badminton days are numbered if she couldn’t produce satisfactory performances in her upcoming several tournaments.