Saina ready for the World Championships

Updated: 04 August 2011 11:21 IST

India's badminton ace Saina Nehwal is raring to go at next week's World Championships in London. She will take on some of the World's best players in the tournament scheduled for August 8-14.

India's badminton ace Saina Nehwal is raring to go at next week's World Championships in London. She will take on some of the World's best players in the tournament scheduled for August 8-14.

The event also holds larger significance because of the fact that the venue for the World Championships will also host the Olympics in 2012.

Saina, who has seen an ankle injury dampen her performances in the recent past, will look to make the most of the opportunity. The year 2011 has not seen Saina repeat the spectacular success she achieved in 2010.

Pullela Gopichand, India's national badminton coach was positive about Saina's preparation and emphasised on the importance understanding the conditions at the venue for a better performance. "It is important to see what are the opponents trying to do and prepare her accordingly especially because the world championship is at the same venue as the London Olympics. So it is important to see what conditions will be there".

Saina will look to improve on her last outing in Paris where she lost in the quarter final despite coming at the back of 3 victories. "Right now I am focussed on playing as many international tournaments and win few of them to get my confidence and also to get into the rhythm", said Saina.

Saina's biggest threat predictably would be the Chinese powerhouse which is expected to take the court with all guns blazing once again.


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