Fatigued After Uber Cup, Saina Nehwal to Skip Japan Open Super Series
Saina Nehwal led a spirited show for India till they suffered a heart-breaking loss to Japan in the semi-finals of the Uber Cup held in Delhi this month and revealed she was exhausted and needed a break.
Fatigued by her Uber Cup campaign, where she helped India win their first ever Bronze, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal has decided to skip the Japan Open Super Series to be played in Tokyo from June 9. However, she confirmed her participation in the two Super Series in Indonesia and Australia later next month, according to report in the Times of India.
Saina led a spirited show for India till they suffered a heart-breaking loss to Japan in the semi-finals of the Uber Cup held in Delhi this month and revealed she was exhausted and needed a break.
"I won't be playing in Japan. But I will participate in Indonesia and Australia later in June," she said, at a promotional event organised by Soothe Healthcare.
"It is quite important to stay in good shape physically. It was mentally taxing to play tough matches, watch others play for four hours and then again play in front of your home crowd. So I just wanted some time to relax, train and play in well in Indonesia. I just want to be confident before that tournament," said Saina, the world number eight.
Saina, who had a disastrous 2013 and failed to win a single tournament, sounded confident that she would carry her Uber Cup form and remained optimistic about a Super Series soon. Her last Super Series title came in June 2012.
"I think it is just a matter of how you feel, how you train. There were a few things that didn't go my way last year, like my knee injury, my toe fracture. You can't stop such things. I tried my best but it is not easy to come back in such a professional foray.
"Hopefully, I will carry the Uber Cup performance further. Super Series title will come. I believe that. It is not far off with the way I am playing."
Saina was in fine form at the Siri Fort Complex, beating world champion Ratchanok Intanon, before the rest of the team scuttled their chances against a strong Japanese outfit. (Read also: Have Surprised Everyone With my Uber Cup Form, Says Saina)