April 19, 2024
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Saina Nehwal wins her first BWF title in Jakarta on Sunday after Carolina Marin of Spain limped out of the Indonesia Masters final due to a leg injury.

Saina Nehwal said: It is important year for all of us. It was not good to see at all. It is painful. I have been getting injured a lot in the last few years and to see something like this on court is really painful.

I took a break the whole of December. I played this events to see how good I am and I was surprised with myself. January 1 was my first match against Sindhu after the injury. I didn’t do any kind of training. Doctors asked me not to do any training, Saina added.

But I am not happy with the way I got it today. Of course I am happy that I could reach the finals, beating difficult opponents like He Binjiao. Both the tournaments, I am very happy with my performance. It is great to beat (Nozomi) Okuhara, Binjiao, Dinar (Dyah Ayustine).

“In the finals, of course Carolina had the upper hand and I wanted to fight and see how the match goes but it was unfortunate what happened” said Saina.

Saina will now be seen in All England Championship, a title she has not been able to win yet.

“I would not like to comment on that as of now, because I am just happy that these two tournaments were positive but I know that I would need more time to match Tai Tzu and get ready for the big events,” Saina said.

“It is still one more month, so let’s see how it goes. It will be different slow conditions.” Saina had won a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, a bronze at the Asian Games, besides reaching finals at the Denmark, Indonesia Masters and Syed Modi International.

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