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    Quote Originally Posted by scorpion1 View Post
    Saina need to reduce her extra weight . This affects her on court movement a lot. She could not even move at all sometimes. May be due to more chocolates and icecreams in recent times?? .. Anyhow, all the best for your upcoming tournaments . Come back reducing your weight and do well.. All the very best.. I know you are a fighter . Come back with a bang ..
    You are spot on here. She is definitely overweight. I can clearly see a bigger sized shirt and plum thighs. BTW, in MO QF & SF she was very lethargic and played a relatively slow tempo game compared to before.

    Once you are financially secure, the devil inside you will make it very hard to find the motivation to suffer grueling daily training's, body aches, injuries & the lack of sleep and life. Hope she finds the inner strength to overcome this. She needs to get back to the Olympic weight & shape again.

    One more thing in the QF with her oversized shirt and pants, she did not look very feminine. What happened to her Olympic outfit? It looked good on her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paroxysmal View Post
    Thats what I meant when I said shes losing to newer girls very often. So its not the Chinese she need to face now. There are quite a few newer girls from different countries. The girl whom she just lost is looked upon as future world no.1
    Saina lost to TSY because she was slow and not aggressive, timing was out on defense etc.
    She could not get to all that drops. I was left dumbfounded watching the match.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogerv2 View Post
    You are spot on here. She is definitely overweight. I can clearly see a bigger sized shirt and plum thighs. BTW, in MO QF & SF she was very lethargic and played a relatively slow tempo game compared to before.

    Once you are financially secure, the devil inside you will make it very hard to find the motivation to suffer grueling daily training's, body aches, injuries & the lack of sleep and life. Hope she finds the inner strength to overcome this. She needs to get back to the Olympic weight & shape again.

    One more thing in the QF with her oversized shirt and pants, she did not look very feminine. What happened to her Olympic outfit? It looked good on her.
    Once you are financially secure, the devil inside you will make it very hard to find the motivation to suffer grueling daily training's, body aches, injuries & the lack of sleep and life - It seems like true to me as well. She doesn't seem like having that gruelling effort to play the shuttle as the way she does normally. Sometimes, its like she does not want to try hard to take shuttles. May be because of her new body structure(thanks to post olympics mania). She need to concentrate her body as well. I felt that bulkiness when i spotted her in the television in the quaters against Nozomi. She doesn't look like herself at all. My goodness! How come she left her body as such when she is about to play so many tournaments ahead. I don't have any real idea. Huff. Still she has time. Past is past. Atleast she reached semifinals and lost to a player who is already making big in the international circuit. Now, this is the time for her to make a back-up plan to do things for her training schedule and physical fitness lessons. For her next tournament, its more than 1 month. Hence, she need to concentrate on her body than her skills. I believe that she is one of the best in skills. I do believe in her strengths and fighting spirits even more than her skills. Hence, i hope she learns lessons from her losses faster than we do. I support her for her self belief and sacrifices which she has made to come up this level in international arena against many odds which she faced in her early life. I am pretty much sure that she won't let her inner devil (money and fame) to overcome her past hard work which she rendered for this lovable game and pulling millions and millions of cricketers to badminton go to waste. Because of her talent, i am here. I really hope that she will pull her socks in time to correct it and come back with a new (perhaps with Old shape) Saina to play with free movement on court to enjoy us (whole world) soon.

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    In the meanwhile, i wanna know whether india need to send sindhu as well to world championships..?? What is the criteria for that?. She is in Rank 16 now. I dont think it will improve further after Malaysian Open. But i do hope she will improve her ranking and move under 10(Only top 10 will be allowed for world championships??) by performing better in upcoming tournaments.. Anybody help in this regard?? . I mean about the criteria for world championships..

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    Quote Originally Posted by scorpion1 View Post
    Once you are financially secure, the devil inside you will make it very hard to find the motivation to suffer grueling daily training's, body aches, injuries & the lack of sleep and life
    I bet you if you talked to Michael Jordan, Roger Federer, Michael Schumacher, Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Lin Dan, Steffi Graf...none of those people will agree with the sentiment of "hard to find the motivation".

    There are usually two types of players. One type get complacent when they reach a certain level of achievement (the players who just play to get a paycheck); the other type are champions (the rarer breed). The latter only cares about winning, or more to the point it's probably the fear of being toppled off the top of the pedestal that gets them going. I don't think Saina have the luxury of being complacent considering she hasn't even tasted what being at the top feels like. But she has time on her side, so adding on top of the Commonwealth Gold is still very much possible for her. As a badminton fan (even though I'm of Chinese descent), I'd like to see her pose a serious challenge to LXR and WYH, esp in the big matches (AE, WC, OG, AG)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borbor View Post
    I bet you if you talked to Michael Jordan, Roger Federer, Michael Schumacher, Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Lin Dan, Steffi Graf...none of those people will agree with the sentiment of "hard to find the motivation".
    True but the mind is wired very differently in everyone. The people you highlighted are the best in their game, you forgot the other side, people who had all the potential but blew it one way or another.

    If she does not buck up she can kiss the AE goodbye. I hope for badminton sake she does something drastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogerv2 View Post
    True but the mind is wired very differently in everyone. The people you highlighted are the best in their game, you forgot the other side, people who had all the potential but blew it one way or another.

    If she does not buck up she can kiss the AE goodbye. I hope for badminton sake she does something drastic.
    I have a different view in this regard, it seems SN is playing safe these days she seems to be injured and want to preserve herself so the casual play style she has adopted.. she definitely isnt giving her all and her movement seems restricted add to it a little of weight she has put on... But she has been a fighter throughout & has seen it all so mind you just this much of fame is definitely not going to take her everything for granted.... moreso when she knows how much more she can achieve in a nation like India. I just wonder when she gets the time to heal and hit the gym to get fit again and raring to go.. During her recent play it looked she isnt there... Still if such a casual play from her also takes her to semi-finals of SSP, why pay fines and not rake up the easy ranking points on offer during an injuy period when other contenders are either forfeiting the matches or staying away...

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    Default Melbourne Commonwealth Games 2006

    It was painful to see SN being brought down by the very talented 18-year-old TTY during the just concluded Malaysia Open 2013.

    Six years ago, SN got her baptism of fire at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games and she acquitted herself very well beyond her age of around 16 years. She was fearless and quick on her feet. Both players and spectators were pleasantly surprised with such an unpolished 'diamond' from relatively unknown India then.

    Of course over the years, SN has improved and learned from experience to become a very high WR#2, on par with most of the Chinese players. She was touted as a hope against the dreaded Great Wall of China and she did not disappoint.

    Now we have the ladies' brigade from Thailand together with the delightful and deceptive recent Malaysia Open WS champion from Taipei to join ranks with her. Japan and Korea have also pushed their limits to give the Chinese a run for their money.

    But it would seem TTY of Taipei is on the road to becoming a superstar just as bright as SN. TTY is exceptional and seems to have the X-factor seldom found in other players. I hope SN would take it as a challenge to improve further and together with other non-CHN players, prevent a continued domination by China in the women's department.

    However, perhaps many here would agree that China will have other ideas with the wiry chief coach LYB still in charge. China will not forgo their leadership position without a fight!

    Here are some pics from my album on SN, the Indian mixed team which won the bronze medal and the venue in Melbourne.
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    Default Melbourne Commonwealth Games 2006

    It was painful to see SN being brought down by the very talented 18-year-old TTY during the just conclueded Malaysia Open 2013.

    Six years ago, SN got her baptism of fire at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games and she acquitted herself very well beyond her age of around 16 years. She was fearless and quick on her feet. Both players and spectators were pleasantly surprised with such an unpolished 'diamond' from relatively unknown India then.

    Of course over the years, SN has improved and learned from experience to become a very high WR#2, on par with most of the Chinese players. She was touted as a hope against the dreaded Great Wall of China and she did not disappoiint.

    Of course now we have the ladies' brigade from Thailand together with the delightful and deceptive recent Malaysia Open WS champion from Taipei to join ranks with her. Japan and Korea have also pushed their limits to give the Chinese a run for their money.

    But it would seem TTY of Taipei is on the road to becoming a superstar just as bright as SN. TTY is exceptional and seems to have the X-factor seldom found in other players. I hope SN would take it as a challenge to improve further and together with other non-CHN players, prevent a continued domination by China in the women's department.

    However, perhaps many here would agree that China will have other ideas with the wiry chief coach LYB still in charge. China will not forgo their leadership position without a fight!

    Here are some pics from my album on SN, the Indian mixed team which won the bronze medal and the venue in Melbourne.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fan888 View Post
    On the old thread, scorpion1 claimed that SN is the "world's highest earning person in badminton(both men's and women's singles players)" at 40-crore over 3-years. That is roughly US$2.5M per year (if I am not mistaken).

    I did a search and found for Lin Dan:

    2012 earnings: 26 million yuan (US$4.49 million)

    See link: http://www.china.org.cn/top10/2013-0...27601603_7.htm.
    Waw, LD earnings is higher than Yi Jianlian (a star basketball player)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Loh View Post
    It was painful to see SN being brought down by the very talented 18-year-old TTY during the just concluded Malaysia Open 2013.

    Six years ago, SN got her baptism of fire at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games and she acquitted herself very well beyond her age of around 16 years. She was fearless and quick on her feet. Both players and spectators were pleasantly surprised with such an unpolished 'diamond' from relatively unknown India then.

    Of course over the years, SN has improved and learned from experience to become a very high WR#2, on par with most of the Chinese players. She was touted as a hope against the dreaded Great Wall of China and she did not disappoint.

    Now we have the ladies' brigade from Thailand together with the delightful and deceptive recent Malaysia Open WS champion from Taipei to join ranks with her. Japan and Korea have also pushed their limits to give the Chinese a run for their money.

    But it would seem TTY of Taipei is on the road to becoming a superstar just as bright as SN. TTY is exceptional and seems to have the X-factor seldom found in other players. I hope SN would take it as a challenge to improve further and together with other non-CHN players, prevent a continued domination by China in the women's department.

    However, perhaps many here would agree that China will have other ideas with the wiry chief coach LYB still in charge. China will not forgo their leadership position without a fight!

    Here are some pics from my album on SN, the Indian mixed team which won the bronze medal and the venue in Melbourne.
    In those picture Saina is really similiar to my neighbor

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    Saina Nehwal aiming for No. 1 ranking this year

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    "I am working hard and performances are coming. Now that I am number 2, I will definitely reach number 1," Saina told reporters on the sidelines of Samsung Galaxy Grand event launch.

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    OMG. short hair!

    thanks Loh for the pic.


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    i got tickets to see all england quarter finals to finals this year. i was so excited to see saina. i got indian flag and stuff. but i'm worried now that she wont even make it to QF the way she is playing and not to mention the weight she has gained.
    hope she makeis it. i will be there to cheer her up. he he

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    Saina, Gopichand to support AP energy conservation mission

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    Indian badminton player Saina Nehwal and coach Pullela Gopichand have agreed to support the Andhra Pradesh Government’s energy conservation mission.
    Enthused by the voluntary support extended by the organisations like Central Institute for Rural Electrification of Rural Electrification Corporation of India, FAPCCI, FICCI, CII and NGOs, the State Energy Conservation mission is striving to make it a mass movement involving all sections of society.


    The State is faced with an unprecedented power shortage of about 70 million units per day. This shortage is in spite of AP’s installed capacity of 16,500 MW. However, the utilities are able to generate about 10,000 MW only due to severe shortage of fuel.


    The conservation mission is seeking to help conserve energy wherever possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scorpion1 View Post
    Saina, Gopichand to support AP energy conservation mission


    http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/...ry-and-economy

    Indian badminton player Saina Nehwal and coach Pullela Gopichand have agreed to support the Andhra Pradesh Government’s energy conservation mission.
    Enthused by the voluntary support extended by the organisations like Central Institute for Rural Electrification of Rural Electrification Corporation of India, FAPCCI, FICCI, CII and NGOs, the State Energy Conservation mission is striving to make it a mass movement involving all sections of society.


    The State is faced with an unprecedented power shortage of about 70 million units per day. This shortage is in spite of AP’s installed capacity of 16,500 MW. However, the utilities are able to generate about 10,000 MW only due to severe shortage of fuel.


    The conservation mission is seeking to help conserve energy wherever possible.
    They are going to be spokesperson for energy conservation, very commendable thing to do.
    In the mean time I hope they put more focus in AE preparations, I think the Indian fans don't want to see another QF exit.

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    Shah Rukh Khan first snubs Saina Nehwal then sings for forgiveness

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    The charming Khan apologised for not helping the star badminton player

    Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan launched a new collection of ladies' watches by Tag Heuer, Link Lady.

    The launch evening also celebrated the power of women by felicitating four Indian women achievers, who have excelled and contributed tremendously to their respective fields.

    Among the four ladies was Olympic Bronze medalist Saina Nehwal who was awarded for excellence in the field of sports.

    But the 47 year old, debonair Shah Rukh had added a twist in the tale.

    When Saina Nehwal came to the stage Khan remembered how a few years ago when Saina was an upcoming playerand Indian badminton legend Prakash Padukone had requested SRK to sponsor Saina's career.

    Shah Rukh had refused Padukone then saying he had already burnt his fingers after buying an Indian Premier League Team, Kolkata Knight Riders.

    After few distressing years with KKR, Shah Rukh did not want to associate with any other sports.

    But Saina now having won an Olympic medal and holding second position in world badminton ranking; a sheepish Shah Rukh apologised profusely to Saina for not helping her at the start of her career.

    He sang a song to cajole her during a function and went down on his knees.

    Gracious Saina too expressed her awe for the star and how she always wanted to meet him in person.

    The evening started with aerial and ground ballet performances, followed by the unveiling of the watch collection by Khan and TAG Heuer president and CEO, Jean-Christophe Babin.

    It is usual to all the politicians and actors for doing such a kind of act when they happen to meet the same person at one point of time in their life,for whom they have had denied to help in the past . Atleast he has a good habit of apologising in front of audience. I appreciate that character .

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    Saina, Gopichand join energy saving mission

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    Championing the cause of energy conservation, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal and coach Pullela Gopichand joined the State Energy Conservation Mission (SECM) for public outreach on Wednesday.

    The mission, formed in September last year, has set a target to conserve 10,000 to 15,000 million units (MU) per year across domestic, agricultural, industrial sectors and government bodies.


    “The grave power situation facing us as well as the shortage of non-renewable sources of energy used to generate power can be improved if we all decide to conserve energy.As a sportsperson, I do not know much about it but I am learning. I would like to appeal to the public to use natural light as far as possible, use solar water heaters and electrical appliances rated above three stars to save energy beginning today,” said Saina, who is currently second in the world rankings for women’s singles badminton.


    Exhorting the importance of small steps in conserving energy, water resources and natural fuel, badminton coach Pullela Gopichand promised to participate in active public outreach initiatives to drive home the message. “Simple initiatives, such as switching off the lights when you leave a room, using air-conditioning at a temperature above 25 degrees and use of solar power, can help conserve energy this summer , ” said Gopichand at the media briefing.


    Special secretary of energy Munindra commended the celebrities to have volunteered for the cause and asked others to join the mission as part of their social responsibility.




    Excellent initiatives taken by these two pals . Saina and Gopi are doing an excellent job being a front runner to various government led public awareness programmes . That's why , she stood out from the rest of the players .

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