Saina Nehwal look to get back to her full fitness

Vastavam web: Recovering from an ankle injury, star India shuttler Saina Nehwal said she will look to get 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 practicing there was some pain. Ankle injury is tough because the lunges depend on the ankles,” Saina said.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 last night.”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.”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.” “I am thinking long term. I have nothing against BWF but to make it popular and better, it should be 8-9 tournaments with more money instead of 17-18 tournaments.”

Asked about the new service rule, Saina said: “I don’t know how much difference it will have on my game. I still need to see. For forehand serve it is fine, while backhand, I don’t do much for that. But All England is not right tournament to put it to test.” Reflecting on the PBL match against Michelle, Saina said: “She is a sharp player, today all her shots were going to lines and it was difficult for me to take those lunges as there was restriction for me. I had 2-3 days to train before PBL, so I can’t push suddenly.