Amazed to have watched Saina Nehwal’s determination during training: Coach

The bronze medalist in London Olympics, Saina Nehwal, has resumed training after a gap of two months and gone back to basics.

Written by: Sujata Sarkar
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Bengaluru, Oct 27: Saina Nehwal has been training at the Prakash Padukone academy in Bengaluru for last ten days only following a rigorous three-week rehab under physiotherapist in Hyderabad.

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But her coach Vimal Kumar is amazed to have watched Saina’s determination and relentless attitude towards training, almost seven hours a day.

Amazed to have watched Saina Nehwal’s determination during training: Coach

Kumar, the former national champion and Olympian, speaking on Wednesday (October 26) on her student, said, “She never says no to training. Even after such a strenuous rehab programme for last three weeks Saina has been so attentive and determined towards her training that it looks marvelous.”

As the bronze medalist in London Olympics has resumed training after a gap of two months and has gone back to basics, says her coach.

Vimal Kumar said, “She is now practicing standing stroke which means standing on one spot in the court Saina is hitting the same stroke for hours. This training is helping her regain confidence as well as technical perfection. For example, one day she practiced only forehand smash for one or two hours. Apart from this she is working out on her movements. Going through grueling multi-ball practice system, Saina has been developing rapidly.”

The number five in the world, presently, has expressed the desire to participate in the China Open, starting from November 12.

Vimal further added, “It has not yet been finalized. Physically Saina is fit. She herself wants to play in the China Open, the tournament which she clinched in 2014. Still we will have to discuss. I feel, despite being physically fit, Saina needs a few more weeks to take her game to the match standards. And from this point of view, if Saina participates in China Open then she should not expect any achievement in the tournament. But I am sure that after a couple of weeks’ training Saina will be ready to start winning tournaments again.”

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