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12-15-2013, 06:44 PM #222
I seriously doubt Gopi is still coaching her, I mean yeah she is under Gopis academy but dont imagine they now have the same guru-prodigy assosiation.... Distractions may be a cause, but her fitness is the most important one, losing to so many players this year would hit her as well. The fact that she has lost so many 3 setters is another concern.
She still seems to be not fully fit and playing to keep her commitments and not letting her ranking fall as much, Next year would definitely be better and give her more oppurtunities as she has lesser points to defend and if she can comeback physically and mentally strong theres no reason she cant fulfill the Indian hopes she carries along.
WSX could be a great example....
12-15-2013, 10:30 PM #223
The biggest problem is also not the 3 setters, the concern is she always loses when having a healthy lead. Next year is just another week, if she cannot do it now, nothing magical is going to happen next year.
The best motivation for Saina would be for Sindhu to do better than her next year. WSX has something to prove to LXR & WYH who are doing so well compared to her.
Too bad Saina does not have this good problem.
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12-15-2013, 11:56 PM #224
Saina does it again, pulls out of Nationals
As anticipated, out-of-form World number six Saina Nehwal has withdrawn from the National badminton championship, beginning at the Siri Fort Stadium here on Monday.
Just a few hours after the Badminton Association of India (BAI) departed from the usual practice of preparing the main draw for the open events during the inter-State competitions and took the players by surprise putting up the draws for the open events, Saina sent an email to the BAI citing tiredness as the reason for pulling out.
According to Punniah Choudhary, the BAI Secretary (Events), Saina stated in her mail that she was too tired after playing the BWF Superseries Finals in Kuala Lumpur.
Saina’s last-minute withdrawal was not entirely unexpected since she has a history of reluctantly sending her entries for events in India and then citing a reason for withdrawal.
12-16-2013, 01:02 AM #225
12-16-2013, 02:04 AM #226
This proves that Sindhu is an inspiration to these girls. I must say Saina did wrong thing by avoiding Senior nationals.. Very very disappointing.
12-16-2013, 11:05 AM #227
12-16-2013, 07:24 PM #228
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12-16-2013, 07:28 PM #229
12-16-2013, 07:49 PM #230
Could we also consider the fact that Saina chose to withdraw from the Nationals, because she's simply afraid to lose? Saina isn't in her top form and next to that, she feels the breath from players like Sindhu. For a player with such a high status, losing would probably be a huge embarrassment.
I don't know how she is as a person, but I can't believe she would act as such a 'diva'. Personally she looks more like a down-to-earth, slightly introverted, professional athlete. I don't know how that's perceived in India ofcourse (how she is profiled by the media).
12-17-2013, 03:05 AM #231
12-17-2013, 03:22 AM #232
According to one of the article, Gopichand has confirmed her participation in the nationals. But later after few hours , some other article posted that Saina has withdrawn citing cold and cough.. It seems like she sent an email to BAI citing this reason..
12-17-2013, 11:12 PM #233
As I have been saying always, saina has decided to give a miss to korean open super series premier . Good for her to know about herself and analyse.
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12-19-2013, 02:51 AM #234
Now, her form has given her new ranking in BWF ranking list. She is currently No.8 according to the ranking list which is released today.
Really , she has to consider her training seriously in order to improve her ranking considerably. I just now watched her match against BYJ in BWF Superseries finals. Her game was totally different compared to her earlier matches against LiXuerui and Minatsu respectively.
12-20-2013, 06:41 PM #235
scorpion1 has a point about Saina. I'd like to add that I think she needs to step back from competitive play for at least 3-4 months, go on an intensive physical/mental training/conditioning and restructuring of her diet regimen, (a great choice would be Tim Exeter) and then spend another month with another badminton coach specifically for building more skills and badminton-specific routines, apart from working strategies with Gopi or whoever.
The next 3 months are in fact an ideal time window for her to do this.
I have repeatedly mentioned much earlier that Gopi is not necessarily the best coach around, but he does excel at creating an atmosphere conducive to learning, and is a very clever strategist. However, no amount of clever strategy will obtain results if the player is undercooked, overweight, has glaring weaknesses, and is clearly mentally not all there and focussed. Which is an apt description of Saina Nehwal 2013.
The greatest favour Gopi could do Saina is to throw her out of his academy. But I suppose, (sadly) he cannot afford to do that, either....
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12-30-2013, 02:00 AM #236
Break No Break, Saina needs to get back to her fitness first everything else would fall into pieces, she seems to be giving up during matches which signs a lack of motivation or due to her body not supporting her and seems like she knows this too.
Hope the new year turns it around for her like this one did for WSX.
12-30-2013, 02:11 AM #237
At one hand we all agree SN should skip some tournaments and on the other abuse her for not participating in the nationals, wherein I do completely support SN in this, why does a player has to play in tournaments way way below her level, what would she achieve? Nothing right now. This tournament has to offer her something and what that bargain could be is for the officials to decide....
Now dont say this tournament serves to prepare new champions, Let somebdy come consistent through this, they would anyways get a chance to meet SN in the SS and many more in the circuit if they are able to do so... Dont always think somebody would carry them through their shoulders, everyone has to make their place themselves and if they cant be consistent within Indian circuits which is below the standards they definitely dont deserve to face the worlds and neither the chance at expense of someone already established.
12-30-2013, 09:53 AM #238
I am not in a line to agree the above post.. If the standard @ nationals is way below Saina's standards, she has to look at Sindhu who has surpassed her already in all means . Do Saina really feel bad about that or she is fearing to lose to someone who is well below her standards?? . Sindhu is continuously playing Nationals though she won world championship medal which nobodyelse in india has won it before (In Women's singles)!!. Attending nationals should be the priority for all those who has citizenship of india. She did not even think of it since 2006 which was when she attended the nationals at last.