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Monday , May 19 , 2014
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Lot of tough matches ahead, says Nehwal

New Delhi: After guiding the women’s team to a thumping victory in the opening match of the Uber Cup, here on Sunday, Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal said her confidence is still not at the peak but she is slowly finding her rhythm back.

“I think still there are lots of tough matches ahead which I have to play. There is Hong Kong tomorrow. I have lost few matches recently so the confidence is still lacking. But I have seen some difference in my game when I played today. I could see my strokes have improved after the training,” Saina said, after India thrashed Canada 5-0.

Asked if she was 100 per cent fit, Saina said: “Nobody can say a player is 100 per cent. Everyone is here and there and I think it is about how you find your rhythm and how good you play in that tournament and it is just starting. So lets us just wait for other matches and see how it goes.”

Saina said she was finding it a bit difficult to control the shuttle in the second game.

“There is lot of bit of air draft inside the stadium and sometimes it is difficult to control. Otherwise, today’s result was expected. I had no problem with getting rhythm. I was on the favourable side in the first game. In the second game I was on the other side and it is not easy to play in that side,” she said.

The London Olympics bronze medallist feels her team has the firepower to go beyond the quarter-final stage. “We have chances of reaching the quarters and the team is doing well so I also hope we can cross the quarter-finals stage. So lets see,” she said.

P V Sindhu also had it easy. Asked about her match, she said: “It was my first match and I was making errors. I was hitting out, but then I came back in the second game.

“Canada are easy opponents. Saina played in the first singles, she won it easily, I won the second singles… I hope we can win tomorrow with the crowd supporting us.”