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Despite 2014 Successes, Indian Badminton Star ‪‎Nehwal‬ has Regrets

After enduring a difficult season in 2013, Saina Nehwal finally broke the jinx when she clinched the India Open Grand Prix Gold tournament in Lucknow in January. The Indian then clinched the Australian Super Series in June. The 24-year-old also guided the Indian women’s team to a historic bronze medal in Uber Cup and the Asian Games.

New Delhi: She clinched three individual titles and a couple of bronze medals at prestigious team events this season but far from satiated, ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal feels she could have garnered more trophies had it not been for some missed opportunities.  After enduring a difficult season in 2013, where she failed to win a single title, Saina finally broke the jinx when she clinched the India Open Grand Prix Gold tournament in Lucknow in January. The Indian then clinched the Australian Super Series in June. The 24-year-old also guided the Indian women’s team to a historic bronze medal in Uber Cup and the Asian Games. But the icing on the cake was when she became the first Indian woman to win the China Open Super Series Premier last month. “For a player, winning is the ultimate aim to show progress. Though I won few tournaments, a Grand Prix Gold, a Super Series and a Premier Super Series besides the bronze at Uber Cup and Asian games team events, I think I should have won other tournaments too,” Saina told PTI. “I hope to do better in the coming year and would like to win many more tournaments for the country,” added the 2012 Olympic bronze-medallist. Saina’s decision to move to Bangalore to train under former India coach Vimal Kumar ahead of the Asian Games also reaped her rich dividends and the Indian ace said she is currently working on a few areas with him and hoped it will earn her good results next season. “I am working with Vimal sir and as per his guidance. I am trying my best to grasp the changes. I am working on my speed, variations in the game techniques and stamina building etc in my training at Bangalore,” said the player from Hyderabad.

PTI

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