Fitness key to success for Saina Nehwal at World Championships

India's badminton sweetheart Saina Nehwal.

Bengaluru: India’s badminton queen Saina Nehwal is focussing on her “game and skill” for the upcoming tournaments, including the World championship, but said the results will depend on overall fitness.

“My performance must be the best as per my analysis. Further it depends upon the overall body health of mine,” Saina told PTI.India's badminton sweetheart Saina Nehwal.


The World No. 2 Indian said she is preparing hard under the roving eyes of coach Vimal Kumar for upcoming tournaments including the World Championship.

“As a badminton player of India, I play almost all the tournaments slated for the year 2015-16. For example, World Cup, Japan Open, China Open, Denmark Open, France and Hong Kong open by the end of 2015,” she said.

Saina has been in the city for over three weeks training under the vigilant eyes of Kumar at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy.

The 25-year-old is undergoing eight hours of on-court and off-court training. Four hours she spends time on practising badminton and as much time she spends in the gym.

“I am at Bangalore, in the academy so my full concentration is on my performance. My coach is giving me all the encouragement to show by best performance,” she said.

“My training part is very good, I am getting all possible help and facilities required for the improvement of badminton
player game and skill,” she added.

It has been a breakthrough year for Saina, who became the first Indian woman shuttler to reach the number one status in
world badminton in April. She eventually went through a series of ups and downs before holding the number 2 position for the
last one and a half months.

“The number one is not static, it changes with the time and performance. Chinese girl Li Xuerui who was number one for almost entire year has slumped to third position,” Saina said.

The girl from Hyderabad said she could regain her number one slot again by putting some consistent performance.

“My performance is showing some progress, that is, I am getting good training. I am trying to maintain my performance by giving 100 per cent from my side as a player. May be because of that I got that position,” she added.

Replying to a query on a tiff between India Coach P Gopichand and Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponappa, Saina said, “That is entirely a subject of women doubles game. I never tried my hand on it. I am a singles player.”



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