Saina looking to break new ground

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

Saina Nehwal begins her campaign as the second seed in women's singles event of Asian Junior Badminton Championship in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.

Saina looking to break new ground

New Delhi:

Saina Nehwal will attempt to add another golden chapter to her fledgling career when she begins her campaign as the second seed in women's singles event of Asian Junior Badminton Championship in Kuala Lumpur. Saina's spectacular win at the Philippines Open last month elevated her to a new high in the badminton world and the giant-killer from Hyderabad possesses the grit to become the first Indian ever to win the crown of Asian Junior champion. The 16-year-old sounded upbeat about her chances in the prestigious championship beginning in the Malaysian capital on Monday. "I just want to win this title. I know I can do it if I play to my potential. But winning the crown will not be easy as the top seed is a Korean girl (Jang Soo Young) and also above me in the rankings. It will be a challenge for me," said Saina. Saina reached the pre-quarterfinals of the event last time but having blossomed at the international stage since and with a Grand Prix win under her belt, she has a realistic chance of bagging the singles title this time. The main contender for Saina, whose world rankings soared to 42 after her historic win at Manila, will be Jang Soo Young of Korea, placed three notches above her, while third seed Xing Aiying, world number 44 from Singapore, could also pose a challenge to the Indian starlet. (PTI)

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