India’s ace badminton star Saina Nehwal blew hot-and-cold in 2018. However, she has started 2019 with a clear mindset. After getting married to long-time bae Parupalli Kashyap, she commenced the calendar year with semifinal exit in Malaysia Masters. Now, she has won the Indonesia Masters title following an injury to Spain's Carolina Marin midway in the final. With this triumph, Saina credited her husband and shuttler Kashyap for his regular assistance.
Saina took to Instagram and posted on how she gives credits to her husband for motivating her. She wrote, “Would like to thank Parupalli Kashyap for getting me back to some winning ways and working really hard with me for the last 5 months to improve my game. Being very sick with fever the entire tournament #indonesiamasterssuper500 he still managed to come and help me .. would also like to thank @mohammed.siyadath.ullah for being there n supporting me throughout the tournament also special thank u to @arvind_sportsphysio for keeping my body stable in the tournament. Finally a big thank you to Gopi sir too who’s always there behind the scenes”.
However, Saina was quick to point out that she wasn't very pleased with the victory. She 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 Bingjiao. Both the tournaments, I am very happy with my performance. It is great to beat (Nozomi) Okuhara, Binjiao, Dinar (Dyah Ayustine). n 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,” she signed off.
Saina had claimed gold in CWG in April 2018, bronze in Asian Games at Jakarta, Indonesia but failed in some tournaments or lost in the final rounds (for instance, Denmark Open) of few events. Looks like working in tandem with her partner is doing wonders for the shuttler at the moment. Right?
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Aditya Sahay, a former cricket reporter/writer and statistician, has shifted gears to other sports (primarily badminton, tennis, kabaddi, hockey, golf etc). While cricket remains his first love, he enjoys covering and writing on kabaddi, hockey and tennis. He dons Germanys jersey during FIFA and believes Dhoni Dhoni hai, isko (aur) mauka mila toh bahut aage jayega