Vastavam web: Indian badminton great Saina Nehwal today said she is not getting any younger and needs more time to rest and prepare for the big-ticket events in a “killing” calendar.Saina, who reached the final of Indonesia Masters last week, had written to Badminton Association of India (BAI) to allow her to withdraw from Asia Team Championship scheduled from February 6 to 11 at Alor Setar, Malaysia.”It is not about training, it is about giving time to my body. It is tough, it is a killing sport. It looks easy from outside that we are playing strokes. I don t want to just play. I want time to be fresh for tournaments,” said Saina, who had reached the finals of All England in 2015.
“I know people want me to play and want me to be there but what is the point when people say Saina lost and Saina is out of form . Then I have to face it, nobody else. It is a funny thing but I feel bad. I cry sometime because it is not easy to take.The ABC is a qualifier for the Uber Cup Final to be held at Bangkok in May and BAI wants Saina to play to enhance India s chance of making the prestigious event.”You have to understand that I still need time. It is not that I haven t played for India. I have played enough Uber Cup and every time I played I have won all my matches,” said Saina after reaching the second round here.”I have planned in such a way that I give good result in team events and big events. So I am mostly looking at Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, those are two targets for me.