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    Saina Nehwal keen on a good show in Sudirman Cup

    Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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    http://www.dnaindia.com/sport/183519...n-sudirman-cup

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    Injury and Saina Nehwal seem to go hand-in-hand. Just when she has recovered from the knee injury that was troubling her from the pre-London Olympics days, the women's singles World No 2 suffered a fracture in her little toe on the left foot after the India Open.

    "I am making good recovery" Saina told dna when asked how the preparations were for the Sudirman Cup starting in Kuala Lumpur on May 19.

    Saina played the India Open last month without strapping her right knee and did not show any signs of discomfort. "The knee is fine now. I have recovered from it. Actually, I had trouble with my little toe, which I ignored and continued to play. Though it did not affect my game, I had to wait for two weeks for it to get better. Now I have started training and am showing good progress," she said.

    ...Saina won back-to-back titles in Thailand and Singapore last year. Asked if she could do an encore this year, she said, "No predictions. It depends on the fitness. As I always maintain, I will give my best and try to every tournament that I participate in."

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    "Saina won back-to-back titles in Thailand and Singapore last year"

    She did not play Singapore last year. It was Indonesia. What a lousy piece of journalism.

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    Default Hairline fracture forces Saina Nehwal out of Sudirman Cup

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/s...w/20076279.cms

    Reports are quite conflicting. There goes SN's dream of becoming world no.1, during Sudirman cup, up in smoke....

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    So much for having so many expectations. Well nobody gave India a chance anyway but still there was a glimmer of hope somewhere. Now even that seems to be dwindling away, I really hope Sindhu can carry the torch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rahuldarga View Post
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/s...w/20076279.cms

    Reports are quite conflicting. There goes SN's dream of becoming world no.1, during Sudirman cup, up in smoke....
    Definitely conflicting. Why does this report mention her finger? So what is it? A toe or finger injury?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheung View Post
    Definitely conflicting. Why does this report mention her finger? So what is it? A toe or finger injury?
    She might well be referring to the toe. Its just that unlike in English, both toes and fingers are referred to by the same word in Hindi, which when translated means finger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rahuldarga View Post
    She might well be referring to the toe. Its just that unlike in English, both toes and fingers are referred to by the same word in Hindi, which when translated means finger.
    Definitely right. There is no conflicting news at all. Translation made the difference. She was referring to the toe only.

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    Saina could miss Sudirman Cup

    http://www.mumbaimirror.com/sports/o...w/20079504.cms

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    Saina Nehwal is most likely to opt out of the Sudirman Cup team championships to be held in Kuala Lumpur from May 19 to 26 owing to a hairline fracture on the small toe of her left foot.


    The Olympic Bronze medallist was scheduled to play the tournament but since she has been recovering from this injury for the last few days and has not been able to practice, it is more than likely that she will miss the annual event. "She may not travel for the Cup as her injury took longer to heal than we anticipated. She had been suffering from it for some time now but the injury got aggravated in the India Super Series. She will recover from it in the next week but will miss the Sudirman Cup," national team physio Kiran Challagundla told Mumbai Mirror yesterday.


    It will be a hectic schedule for Saina over the next month or so. She is slated to play in three back to back tournaments - Thailand Open GP Gold, Indonesia Super Series and Singapore Super Series . This is another blow to India's chances after doubles specialist Jwala Gutta pulled out of the event a couple of days ago. India is scheduled to play China on Sunday.


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    Quote Originally Posted by scorpion1 View Post
    Definitely right. There is no conflicting news at all. Translation made the difference. She was referring to the toe only.
    The rest of the report is written fluently and articulately. It seems like a very elementary error in a newspaper well versed in English.
    Last edited by Cheung; 05-16-2013 at 12:42 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheung View Post
    The rest of the report is written fluently and articulately. It seems like a very elementary error in a newspaper well versed in English.
    Yes Cheung. Its toe injury only.. I cross checked many news papers.. she has opted to out since recovery needed some more time..

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    To me, Sindhu is already capable of stepping into Saina's shoes; I've even said it before that she will surpass Saina one day and, I believe, it's happening very soon.

    For India's Sudirman Cup minus Saina, Sindhu will have to be in fine form which she is at the moment and stay fit throughout the event.

    For Saina or any pro player for that matter, staying fit and taking good care of oneself for the long term is more important than being WR1. I wouldn't place a premium on it, I believe CBA don't. Anyway, among the top 10 players, they know among themselves who is the real world number one.

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    Being Ranked one is important for Saina and more for her sponsors. Of course, her supporters want her to get it as well - perfectly reasonable.

    Being fit for the world championships is important.

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    Recovering from injury is first and foremost option for the players than anythingelse. I personally think that there is no difference in level between top 5 players. Everybody in the world knows it.. Any player in the world can topple top 10 players at any point of time..

    With Saina's absense, Sindhu has to carry the heavy load in her young shoulders.. She is just 17. Not yet matured. I don't have any idea of how she will carry it. She might win one match against indonesia. But Not sure about the match against china. Indians don't have any spare player in women's singles.. Let's see what happens.. India is playing china on Sunday and Indonesia on Monday..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheung View Post
    Being Ranked one is important for Saina and more for her sponsors. Of course, her supporters want her to get it as well - perfectly reasonable.

    Being fit for the world championships is important.
    You've made a good point there, it's more for the sponsors for the handful of players with backing. However, I'm inclined to think winning titles,esp the big ones, is more important and more realistic as there can only be one WR1 within a period of time but several different titlists in the same period.

    Still an optimal balance has to be struck or a player may get the desired ranking for a short while but end up being in patchy form or, worse, out of action for quite some time for pushing too hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheung View Post
    Being Ranked one is important for Saina and more for her sponsors. Of course, her supporters want her to get it as well - perfectly reasonable.

    Being fit for the world championships is important.
    Quote Originally Posted by Justin L View Post
    You've made a good point there, it's more for the sponsors for the handful of players with backing. However, I'm inclined to think winning titles,esp the big ones, is more important and more realistic as there can only be one WR1 within a period of time but several different titlists in the same period.

    Still an optimal balance has to be struck or a player may get the desired ranking for a short while but end up being in patchy form or, worse, out of action for quite some time for pushing too hard.
    I agree with you two. Maintaining the equilibrium is important. Ranking points, form and injuries have to be managed well then only a player will be able to stay in top 10. SN right now is a bit patchy in terms of form as Justin said. If she becomes WR 1 with this patchy form I wouldn't be satisfied neither as a fan nor as a critic.

    Again, as Justin said the titles are more important. People will not remember you for occupying the WR 1 spot for few weeks but they will remember you for what you achieved in terms titles, prime example being Lin Dan. Of course, WR 1 is important but people will appreciate it only when a player convincingly owns 'coz that WR 1 will have that added 'value' to it when done convincingly. For me this is not convincing enough.

    I would be more than happy to see her getting it by winning at least two of the upcoming tournaments.

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    Sadly, Saina has demonstrated an unfortunate history of getting injured, more so over the past 2-odd years when her stock actually rose. What is more worrying IMO is that the injuries don't seem to heal completely, and/or Saina is back in action before the process of healing and strengthening is complete.

    Part of this can be attributed to the commercial pressures and obligations. However, I do believe that a strong stance needs to be taken by the team/management/agents when it comes to fitness and related issues. Not everyone gets to be a top-5 player, and with this comes a responsibility to oneself which translates into responsible action for all other people concerned, including commercial interests.

    The WS game has become not any less attritional than it used to be, but increasingly physical. Look at the list of top-10 or top-25 players who have succumbed to serious injuries over the past 2-3 years and it tells its own story. You cannot ignore it. Even a well-supported and funded organisation like the CBA is not immune to this -they have had a huge list of injured stars already.

    There have been many issues with Saina's fitness and conditioning, her well-documented weight problems and other stuff and she has delivered on numerous occasions despite all of this, mainly on the back of her doggedness in training and her immense mental strength. Which is all very good, but...... I hope Sindhu learns the lessons offered by Saina's fallabilities. Because for India, there is sadly no other WS of promise in sight.

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    Saina has to balance training, competition and rest: Prakash Padukone

    PTI, Updated May 20, 2013

    http://ibnlive.in.com/news/saina-has...848-5-135.html

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    ..."One of the key challenges for anyone in any sport who has reached the top is to learn to manage his/her training, competition and rest and recovery. It's important that you find the right balance," he said on the sidelines of a news conference to announce the launch of a talent hunt by his academy Monday in association with Tata Capital.

    "Sometimes to maintain your ranking you may go and play when you are not fully fit. This number of tournaments was not there in our time. We used to play three tournaments, come back to rest for 3-4 weeks and even if there were tournaments we didn't play.

    "The tournament you play, you should play well. That should be her's (Saina) and anybody's focus -- to play a limited number of tournaments, but play them well," the former All England men's singles champion said.

    ...The former world champion rued the absence of enough doubles specialists in the country and felt doubles play, which has become a specialised area unlike in his playing time, needed to be encouraged by even having a separate coach and centre at the national level. "There should be a separate coach for doubles. There should be as many doubles trainees as singles. We should have a separate training centre for doubles. The scenario is better than what it was 10 years ago but we still have only one pair of players. The base is very little," Prakash said.

    "In my time it was different as singles players used to play doubles too, but now it is different as specialisation has come in. You can't do both. You play singles or play doubles and mixed, it's totally different," he said. From training to selection you have to encourage players to play doubles also, give them the same opportunity as the singles player. Then more would take up doubles play," Prakash pointed out.

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