Sibu: After suffering through an injury-plagued 2016 season, former World No. 1 women’s singles player Saina Nehwal of India is eager to get back on the court and play some competitive badminton again at Malaysia Masters.
Nehwal showed her never-give-up spirit in 2016 Australian Open where she gritted her way through a foot injury to win the women’s singles title. However, a serious injury to her right knee had severely impaired the Nehwal’s attempt to advance in the Rio Olympics. Nehwal lost her second group match in Rio against Ukraine’s Maria Ulitina to crash out of the Olympics.
After slowly getting back in shape, she was able to advance to the quarterfinals of Hong Kong Open and Macau Open before starting the 2017 season in the Premier Badminton League, where she spearheaded her team – Awadhe Warriors to the semi-finals. Nehwal has won 3 matches in the Premier Badminton League, but lost two others to Carolina Marin and P.V. Sindhu.
The No. 1 seed Nehwal will kick off her Malaysia Masters opener on Wednesday against Chasinee Korepap of Thailand.