I knew I could win an Olympic medal, says Saina Nehwal

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Hyderabad, Aug 7: India's ace shuttler Saina Nehwal who returned to her hometown after winning a bronze medal at London Olympics 2012, revealed that she had promised her father that she would return with a medal.

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"I was confident that I would win a medal, but never said it because that adds to the pressure. I have seen many players doing it. I was playing well and I was feeling good. I had told my father that there is no way I am coming without a medal," Saina said.

"It's a great dream and I am really happy to do what I believed in. Nothing is bigger than standing on an Olympic podium," she added.

Having achieved this feat very early in her career, Saina thanked her parents and coach Gopichand.

"I want to thank dad, mom and Gopi sir for their support. I really hope to win many more medals for India," she said.

After losing the first game to World No 2 Wang Xin, Saina was awarded the bronze medal under fortuitous circumstances as the opponent twisted her ankle which forced her to withdraw from the bronze-medal clash.

"I felt bad for her, it was really sad, I had never won a match like that ever. I was still in game mode and was surprised when Wang quit the game," said Saina.

Talking about her loss to World No 1, Wang Yihan in the semi-final, Saina said her strategy wasn't right against the World's best shuttler and was confident about performing better next time.

"My strategy was not right against Wang Yihan. She's World No. 1 and she certainly has good qualities. Next time I will be better."

Talking about Saina's achievement, Coach Gopichand and Saina's father Harvir Singh were excited about the feat and showered praise on the young shuttler.

"When it mattered the most, Saina gave her 100%. She never missed her practice ever for a single day," Gopichand said.

"I had promised Saina that we will win a medal in Olympics. And getting a medal for her was a real big challenge," the former Indian badminton player said.

"I never had an Olympic medal in my career but now I have one," he added.

Saina's father was quite excited about his daughter's feat, as he said, "Well done Saina" and wished that Saina won many medals in the future.

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