Indian badminton sensation Saina Nehwal, in an exclusive chat with espnstar.com says she is ready for the challenges.
By Sudeer Mahavaadi
Q: Tomorrow you are leaving for the all-England meet -are you ready for the challenge?
Ans: Certainly. I have trained pretty hard over the last four weeks. It has been really tough for me after the injury. But I am mentally and physically prepared for the challange. I know it is going to be tough for me in the All-England as I am going to play World No4 in the very first round. I will try my best to perform better.
Q: Have you completely overcome the injury?
Ans: Well not completely. But it is much better now comapred to the tournaments I played in January in Korea and Malaysia. I have made a great recovery and now feeling fitter and stronger.
Q: Why do you think is tough for you in all-England?
Ans: As I said playing world No 4 is always going to be a big challenge. The way I have prepared, I think I should do better. But even losing is not going to bother me in the sense that you are playing all tough players there . If I win, nothing can be greater, and if I make an early exit I should think I was beaten by stronger opponents. This will certainly be a great experience for me, in the coming All-England and Swiss championships.
Q: You mean to say that will help tune yourselves for the tourneys coming up in India?
Ans: Well certainly I am just looking forward to the coming two tournaments. Yes I think it should help me. Now my main concentration is on these. But playing in India is tougher than playing at other places. Although you enjoy home advantage, home pressure will be certainly different. Since most of the top class players are going to take part, I can't take anyting for granted from now onwords.
Q: You mean to say life is getting touger and tougher?
Ans: Well life has been tough from the word go. I mean from the time I started playing badminton, there has been lot of practising, training and far too much moving around. But I have alwyas been positive in my life. I have faced struggles and reaping success now. I am certainly happy the way I have progressed in this sport. Yes tougher situations are ahead of me and am ready to face any now.
Q: Pressure you is building everyday?
Ans: Certainly. But again if you cannot handle the pressure you cannot perform to the expectations. I have been able to handle it pretty well, thanks to my parents' support and my coaches' guidance. I just want say to myself that I am Saina Nehwal playing, not representing anything so that I don't feel the pressure. I have always made efforts to win laurels for my coutry and my state and I will continue to do so.
Physio Heath Matthwes happy
South African physiotherapist Heath Matthews, who trained Indian tennis sensation Sania Mirza in 2007 is now specially attending to Saina Newhal .
And in an exclusive chat with espnstar.com, he said Saina's injury is now much better and should not bother her much. He said he worked hard on her injury and is happy the way she has recovered. Talking about her talent he said, she is a great competetor and a jewel in India's shuuttlers camp and in the years to come he hoped she should do better.