Never thought I would play in 3 Olympics, says Saina Nehwal ahead of Rio Games

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Bengaluru, July 7: As she gears up for another Olympics, India's ace shuttler Saina Nehwal today (July 7) admitted she had never thought she would be competing in 3 editions of the Games.

Saina wins Australian Open; Olympics is the toughest: Saina

Next month's Olympics in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro will be the third straight appearance for Saina. She claimed a bronze medal in London Games 2012 in women's singles and this time she is hoping to better that performance.

Saina poses with her SUV Creta, which was handed over to her by Hyundai Motor India MD and CEO Koo (left) in Bengaluru. Photo by Suhas A

"I never thought I would be participating in three Olympics. When I started playing, I didn't even think I would play one Olympics," world number 5 Saina said on Thursday as she was honoured by Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL).

The 26-year-old Saina made her Olympics debut in China in 2008. She reached the quarter-finals of women's singles, losing a three-game thriller to Maria Kristin Yulianti.

"It will not be easy in Rio. I will try my best to better my bronze effort in London (Games)," the Hyderabadi added.

Hyundai handed over the 1st anniversary edition of Creta SUV to Saina for winning the Australian Open title this year.

"It is an honour and wonderful experience for me and I would like to thank Hyundai for honouring me with the 1st Anniversay Edition of Creta. It's motivation for every athlete to receive the recognition for his/her hard work and achievements. I am quite confident and will give my best efforts in upcoming tournaments to bring pride to my nation," Saina said after the honour.

Managing Director and CEO of Hyundai Motor India Limited, YK Koo, said, "Ms Saina is badminton icon of India. Her consistent performance has elevated this sport's enthusiasam to a great level of admiration among the badminton lovers globally."

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