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06-12-2012, 06:23 PM #817
There is no smoke without fire. She has obviously said or stated something to trigger such complaints.
Nevertheless, her words resemble what is beyond over-confidence.
Performance counts but glamour is important: Saina Nehwal
NEW DELHI: On Sunday, ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal played tough and hard, changed her strategies and manoeuvres to clinch the Thailand Open title, giving India another reason to smile and celebrate. Her win comes close on the heels of Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi's victory at the French Open. "I'm very happy with this title," she says. This win comes as a boost ahead of the Olympic Games. "Olympics training will begin only later. My immediate focus is to win the Indonesia Open next week," she adds.
Sunday's match was a tough one, the shuttler admits. "My Thai opponent (Ratchanok Inthanon) had very good strategy and she was very alert and aggressive. She played some good shots and I got into the rhythm very late. I did get better when I was 17-19, but then I made a small mistake which cost me the first game," she analyses. In the second game, the tide turned in the favour of the top-seeded Indian. "I got my confidence back. I decided to play longer rallies and that worked well. I slowed down the game because Ratchanok was very good with the fast shots," she shares.
She was trending on social networking sites after her victory, but the shuttler seemed unaware of the congratulatory tweets and messages. "It's nice to know that there's so much support back home. I spoke to my parents first thing after the match. My father has been my source of support and strength. Even my coach P Gopichand has worked very hard," she says, adding, "He is also planning a good training programme for the Olympics."
In a tournament, every minute aspect makes a difference and impact — from the strategy to a player's fitness. "We need good support in terms of physiotherapists, analysts, etc. In badminton, things are improving and we have a great physiotherapist and analyst with us," Saina says.
Lately, the focus in sports has gone beyond just cricket. "It's obviously not as much as cricket, but yes, all sports are doing well now. Badminton has grown in the last five-six years. There is support from sponsors as well as the government. Because of the government support, we are able to play every tournament," she adds.
Sports, be it cricket, badminton or tennis, can't stay away from glamour. The shuttler agrees. "Performance counts but glamour is as important. People watch a sport also because they like a particular player. Especially in India, if a sportsperson looks good, he or she easily gets a lot of ads and media coverage," she says. "So many sports people don't get recognized because they don't look good. That is sad and should change. I don't take care of myself, but I thank God that I'm blessed with good looks. Now with the Olympics coming up, it's great to see equal coverage being given to all the participating Indian sportspersons," she adds.
06-12-2012, 06:29 PM #818
06-12-2012, 08:56 PM #819
can I get the link of the article you posted above.....
06-12-2012, 09:15 PM #820
After watching the vedio I think she may never beat LXR because of her physical ability. Just like LD vs LCW and LD vs BCL
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06-12-2012, 11:07 PM #821
Everyone is beatable, just have to find the weakness and a good strategy to counter them. On paper though LXR has the advantage, Saina has to be excellent to beat her, anything below that and it is a forgone conclusion.
06-12-2012, 11:36 PM #822
06-13-2012, 12:19 AM #823
06-13-2012, 02:11 AM #824
06-13-2012, 02:30 AM #825
I'd like to reiterate a couple of points here because it is very easy to misinterpret a person's words especially those from a culture that is different or alien to what we have been brought up in.
English is a second language for Saina and most other players.
The Indian media have a way with inflating and sensationalising their reports.
Saina may want to convey a certain feel, but this may only be clearly understood if one could hear the inflections and pauses. When reported in print, it could carry a subtly altered flavour.
Alll of the above and more has been said before by many people, but those who want to run down a person, will find a way to do it.
I am not suggesting Saina is an angel; she is probably just like any other girl of her age, full of desires, doubts, anger, sadness, elation etc. The times in her country expect that she speak her mind. I expect her to make a mess of it at times. It is also apparent that she is doing a lot of it with the clear understanding that it will help promote the game in her country, and that is something that is formost on the minds of almost all the young breed of badminton players from India, today. And that is certainly not a bad thing! And she isn't going to stop just out of fear that some people around the world will take umbrage to a sentence she spoke, or the way it was phrased. And that in the long run, is good for the game.
06-13-2012, 06:32 AM #826
06-15-2012, 10:13 AM #827
What a superb match against WSX.
Saina needs to relax during the critical period, it should have ended in 2 games.
Hope she gets some good rubdown and sleep to recover for tomorrow's match.
06-15-2012, 10:24 AM #828
2012 Indonesia Open SSP: Saina Nehwal has arrived at the Semi-Finals
06-15-2012, 10:44 AM #829
06-15-2012, 12:28 PM #830
Saina is not beautiful .. Real pretty girl is Yihan Wang . I <3 YW
06-15-2012, 05:01 PM #831
Next up for Sain is SJH of Korea. Saina's h-h is 3-0 over SJH. Hopefully she can extend the record, and in straight games.
Saina's run over the past few years at the IO has been exceptional; the huge crowds respond to here very positively (except of course, when she plays an INA player! ) and she has generally thrived at the Istora. This year should be no different hopefully, and she should be able to ease into the finals, on form. I did notice that her front-foot movement to the net has become very sharp in this tournament.
Good luck, Saina!
06-15-2012, 05:07 PM #832
Saina really wants this to be an easy match. Can't imagine she can beat the chinese if she's tired.
06-16-2012, 07:52 AM #833
The big difference is this match, Saina was relatively early to all the net drop shots. In the past she would be lunging like hell to retrieve the shots. She appears faster like some you already mentioned. All the best to her on her quest for the 4th Indonesian SS final in a row.
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