“I almost forgot how to play on drift courts”

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Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal has acknowledged that match apply was key after being ousted from the Denmark Open on Wednesday (October 20). Saina Nehwal lost her first-round match to Japan’s Aya Ohori 16-21, 14-21 in simply 34 minutes.

Incidentally, it was her first match towards Aya Ohori in her profession.

Speaking to the BWF and journalists after her exit from the Denmark Open, Saina Nehwal introspected on her loss and mentioned she was joyful to be again on the courts. She added:

“I am happy, I started playing. It is a good feeling when you want to play a match. I had to retire earlier (in the Uber Cup) because of a niggle. It was not an injury, it was some pain that had been there for years. That (recovery from the niggle) was taking a little bit of time. I am happy to put in a lot of effort and play here.”

Saina Nehwal mentioned that if she had received two or three extra factors within the first sport, she might have turned it round. However, that was not to be the case as she failed to get going and misplaced the sport on a whimper.

“In the first game, if i had won two or three more points, I could have turned it around. However, she is a better player and it is clear that I have to work hard to get good results.”


I’d love to play extra: Saina Nehwal

Saina Nehwal has been suffering from accidents and niggles all through her profession, which have performed spoilsport in massive ticket occasions. However, the ace Indian shuttler has taken them in her stride and continues to work laborious to be a participant to be reckoned with.

Speaking about getting again to aggressive matches, Saina Nehwal mentioned the loss within the Denmark Open boils down to being constant and within the technical elements of her sport. She mentioned:

“I think I have only played two sessions before coming here. Had I played around 10 sessions, things could have been different. At the moment, I feel, it (the loss) is about technical difference. I was committing more errors on the court while she (Ohori) was being consistent on court.”

As for all the time staying motivated, Saina Nehwal mentioned the bottom line is to get again in form and likewise get most match apply below her belt. She defined:

“I forgot how to play in drift courts. It felt so fast and I was trying to correct my shots and get my rhythm. The last match I played was in March. I was quite rigid in the start, but they (the opponents) played a couple of more matches than me and were prepared well.”

She added:

“I would love to play more. I want to see how my fitness is. Match practice and getting back in shape is very important. I have to see how I get to manage the tournaments in Bali and the World Championships. They all look very close now.”


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