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11-28-2011, 09:33 PM #647
Saina must be feeling very alone right now
Aparna Popat. Nov 28, 2011
A champion sees inconsistent days. The fame and adulation has one mounted in delight and then as form drops, the criticism is as bitter as it gets.
...With Saina Nehwal’s world ranking slipping one place from World No.4, the confidence of the fans has slipped too. Her performance in 2011 has come under the scanner. A Swiss Open title and finals of the Malaysian and Indonesian Opens have been the best she has managed with a month left in the calendar year.
...Not very long ago the headlines praised her performances and now they fretting about her form. We all want an Olympic medal from Saina and I’m dead sure that she wants that too and a little more. These days are tough on her. The self esteem may be hit and the maturity tested like never before. But there is no cause for alarm.
11-29-2011, 01:39 AM #648
True fans should support even when Saina's having a slump, instead of criticizing...if they think the whole process of this sport is easy, they should be badminton players themselves.
12-12-2011, 11:23 PM #649
Saina Nehwal half a step slower than last year: Prakash Padukone
PTI | Dec 12, 2011, 10.24PM IST
MUMBAI: Saina Nehwal, who has been struggling to replicate her superb run of 2010 when she won three Super Series women's singles crowns as well as the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, seems fractionally slower on her feet this year, feels former badminton ace Prakash Padukone.
"It appears she is slightly slower this year as compared to last year. I feel she is half a step slow, which means she reaches the shuttle fractionally late and is able to retrieve the bird but not attack it consistently like she did last year," Prakash said on the sidelines of a media conference to announce the details of the Tata Open India International Challenge tournament on Monday.
"It's a bit of a concern but the Olympics are some time away and I'm sure she will figure it out. Unlike the other Indian players in singles, she is certain to qualify for the Games," said Prakash.
According to Prakash, the top eight players in the world were more or less equally strong and a slight dip in their respective forms could affect their results.
"There is very little difference among the top 7-8 players," he pointed out.
Another ex-national champion and international Vimal Kumar felt that 21-year-old Saina, who was the first Indian girl to win the world juniors, would benefit from having a talk with Prakash.
"She has (Pullela) Gopichand to guide her, but tips from someone else like Prakash would also be beneficial. One of her biggest assets is her mental strength," said Kumar.
12-13-2011, 03:40 AM #650
I gathered that Saina Nehwal has already been drawn to play in Group B (at the 2011 SS Finals) against;
* Wang Xin (CHN)
* Bae Youn Joo (KOR)
* Sayaka Sato (JPN)
All the Best Wishes to Saina !!!
Last edited by chris-ccc; 12-13-2011 at 03:45 AM.
12-13-2011, 07:36 AM #651
it would be a revenge time for saina as all her group mates have beaten her at least once this year.....
wang xin has beaten her in maylasian open finals and world championship quarter finals
Youn Joo Bae has beaten her in the first round of China Super Series
and Sayaka Sato has beaten her in second round of Korea open.....
12-16-2011, 12:09 PM #652
12-16-2011, 08:20 PM #653
12-16-2011, 08:25 PM #654
IMO, Saina Nehwal is indeed slower compared to last year in several rallies, not at the entire match. Saina should work more on her Stamina & speed..
If she is fast enough she will smash the ball down instead of lift the ball up..
12-16-2011, 08:35 PM #655
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12-17-2011, 07:43 PM #657
Saina Nehwal first Indian to reach the final of BWF Super Series Finals
Dec 18, 2011
HYDERABAD: The stunning win over Chinese star Wang Xin on Friday was just what Saina Nehwal needed to get out of her lean patch. She came out inspired on Saturday and outclassed Tine Baun of Denmark to cruise 21-17, 21-18 in the semifinals of the BWF Super Series Finals in Liu Zhou (China).
...She feels if she can beat Wang Xin she can beat anyone in the world. "I was desperately waiting for one big win to get back my rhythm and confidence. I achieved that on Friday and I feel good now," said Saina, who is cautious about the lanky Yihan.
12-18-2011, 03:01 PM #658
Saina Nehwal loses in World Super Series final
Press Trust Of India
New Delhi, December 18, 2011
An erratic Saina Nehwal let slip the early advantage as she went down to world number one Wang Yihan in the summit clash to sign off as runner-up in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) season-ending World Super Series Finals in Liuzhou, China on Sunday.
The world number four, the first Indian to make the final of the prestigious event, lost 21-18 13-21 13-21 against the Chinese in a contest lasting over an hour. With this win, Yihan kept her 100% record against Saina intact, having now beaten her in all their four faceoffs so far.
12-19-2011, 09:32 AM #659
Saina did well to reach final. She should have another coach as an advisor. Gopichand alone is not good enough. When playing WYH, she should keep the shot low. WYH is just too good with cross drop and smashes.
It's a waste if she doesn't have another coach to polish up her game by another 10% which can be a lot. OG is a big thingy.
She's also another victim of china vs china in semifinals. She is more tired compared to WYH. Sad case.
Again, should lobby for 1 person per country. Else, there's always a disadvantage. This is not a pro sport remember.
Last edited by extremenanopowe; 12-19-2011 at 09:43 AM.
12-19-2011, 10:39 AM #660
Saina has got to believe that she CAN do it.
More than 5 and a half years ago, I told Saina, in person, that she will one day be a World Singles Champion. The post is here;
12-19-2011, 01:22 PM #661
With the Chinese strategic tactics, she will never win unless she could beat every Wang standing in her path.
12-28-2011, 07:48 PM #662
Saina confident of good show in Olympic year
PTI | Dec 28, 2011
HYDERABAD: Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has recovered from her ankle injury and is looking forward to having a great run in 2012, the year of London Olympics.
"This year there are some ups and downs because of the ankle injury. But still, I managed to play four finals and won one title in March. I reached the semifinals of Japan Open. I saw my form coming back in recent times. I am happy that I got my confidence back. I used to feel little weak, especially my ankle, now I am much better," said Saina.
..."We will get two months or so before Olympics to train in areas in which I am weak. So we will have to look at it and plan accordingly," she said.
..."I was losing to few of the lower opponents. I was not happy about it. Finally, when I got back into the tournament, I was just thinking that it is going to be tough. I was scared. We did few things which made by mind more relaxed and especially it was all about mental conditioning.
"I was taking too much unnecessary pressure. That is what me and Gopi sir discussed; I think it really worked very well. Another three-four days to go for the Korean, Malaysian Open. Again in two weeks, I could hardly do anything extra, but I am going with the confidence that I will do well in these two tournaments," she said.
..."It is not unfair. Because, I have won so many events, people want me to win. Me, being the single person get the kind of pressure. But I have to handle that. I have to do something for my mind to relax. To be focused.
"I want to do well for my country. I want to win medal for them. That can happen only if I keep away all these things from my mind," she said.
01-16-2012, 10:30 PM #663
Nice to see that there's Indian fans in the stadium last week in Mas Open too..
photo credits to 100 plus malaysia.
Last edited by george@chongwei; 01-16-2012 at 10:32 PM.
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