New Delhi: Ravaged by injuries in the past six months, Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal says she has gone through the most challenging time of her career and needs to get as much match practice as possible going into the Olympic Games in August this year.
“Physically, I have to be well prepared for sure as I need more match practice but mentally also I have to be strong. But I guess there is enough time for that. There will be still one and a half months to go for the Olympics after May, so no need to bother now,” Saina said.
Saina had suffered an injury after her runner-up finish at the World Championship in August last but played at the China Super Series Premier, aggravating the problem which led led to the Achilles tendons.
She skipped the Hong Kong Open but participated at the BWF World Super Series Finals in December. She played a couple of matches at the Premier Badminton League (PBL) but had to skip the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold, SAG and ABC at Hyderabad. “It was the most difficult injury that I had in my career. Achilles tendinitis takes a lot of time. I had some issue with my shin and I came very close to having a stress fracture also,” Saina said.
“After the World Championship I was just going through the tournaments without any practice. I was not able to train.
I had to play China and Dubai. Luckily I pulled out a match against Carolina.