Hyderabad: After a splendid run in the Indian Badminton League (IBL), Saina Nehwal is now hoping to do well in the upcoming Super Series events and next year’s Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.
“My focus will be on doing well in the Super Series. Next year, it is going to be very tough with Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and all,” Saina said.
“I hope to stay fit,” added the world No. 4 who will be skipping the Japan Super Series to be held from September 17 to 22 in Tokyo.
Expressing happiness about her performance in the IBL, where she remained unbeaten, she said the new tournament has helped both young and senior players.
“IBL would really help all the youngsters, players like us to play with most of the top players. It will help Indian players to improve,” Saina said.
Asked about the recent reports of rivalry with her young colleague P V Sindhu during the IBL, Saina said: “I think I don’t have to answer that. It is for my happiness I am playing this game. I really want to achieve a lot for my country. That is what is important. Achievements are more important than any rivalry.”
The 23-year-old from Hyderabad said badminton in the country is poised to make giant strides with several young players performing well in international competitions.
“I think all the players are doing really well. Sindhu, Srikanth are doing very well. I think it will be just a matter of time, when we will be there in top 10 in almost all the categories,” Saina said.
Saina, who participated in a panel discussion on winning more medals in the Olympics at the prestigious Indian School of Business (ISB) on Wednesday, said she hoped to be fit for the Rio Olympics though there is still long time to go for the mega event.
“I just want to stay fit. Because, Olympics is going to be tough for everyone. It is going to be really challenging. It’s in 2016. So it will be really tough for all of us to stay fit till that time,” she said.
“But I just hope to be more confident, be more relaxed and just give my best.”