‘I need more time to get to full fitness’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Jan 2018 09:48:15


Dec 31,


RECOVERING from an ankle injury, star India shuttler Saina Nehwal said she will look to getting back to her full fitness during the three weeks break after the India Open next month.“I had this ankle injury before this tournament, so I am playing a match after three weeks, there was this ankle inflammation.

In the morning when I was practising there was some pain. Ankle injury is tough because the lunges depend on the ankles,” Saina said. “I will get more time, 2-3 weeks after India open. After the World Championship there was not enough time when I joined Gopi sir, there were too many tournaments and after that I had this injury. It is still not upto the mark. There is a lot of speed still required, I need to be in best shape to play against the best,” she added.

The 2012 London Olympics bronze medallist shuttler said she was doing the training part but would need to strengthen herself while playing.“You need to play with this, you can’t rest and heal it. So, I’ll need more time to get full training and play against top players,” she told reporters after pulling off a comeback win over Michelle Li in the PBL on Saturday.

Asked when did she get the injury, Saina said: “I got it in September end or October start. It is an overuse injury, I was close to qualifying for Dubai Supers Series. “It was not that I couldn’t play. But there comes a time when the muscle stops taking the load and it goes to the join and I was feeling the plain. I felt a lot of pain in November end. I was not able to give rest, so I need time.”She said she would want to be fully fit before setting targets.“Fitness and stamina are important and game comes only after that. I don’t want to keep any targets, keep body fit and rest will follow.”

Saina feels the new BWF calendar will end the domination of one player and there will be more new champions in this crammed schedule.“You will not have one player dominating in this new schedule. It will be like every tournament a new player winning, there won’t be one champion like we saw in the past like Lin Dan,” Saina said.“More tournaments also means more injuries. After World Championship, there is just two weeks gap for Asian Games, so you’ll be mentally and physically tired. So it’s too much back to back tournament, may be they could have opened it more.” While Saina and Carolina Marin have hit out at the 2018 BWF calendar, Sindhu chose not to dwell too much on the issue and said she will pick and choose her tournaments in order to be in the best possible shape.

New techniques behind India’s badminton success: Tian Houwei

INDIAN badminton is experiencing a golden period and the reason behind the spiralling success is the zeal of young players to experiment with new techniques, feels World Number 22 Tian Houwei. “Indian players earlier had no technique. But now things have changed. The young players are coming up with different techniques, they are taking badminton one step ahead,” Tian, a former World No 6, told PTI.

The 25-year-old from China, who had clinched the silver at the All England Championship last year, believes focus on fitness also helped a turn around in fortune for India in the sport. “A lot of new players are emerging from India who are playing very good matches. Every time they get down to play they pay attention to their fitness,” he said.“They learn something new from each game and work on it. They change their weakness into strengths.” Asked about the decline of China’s dominance in world badminton, Tian said it is just a phase.