Saina Nehwal is aware that qualifying for the Paris Olympics will be “tough” for her but the injury-ravaged Indian shuttler has no plans to quit badminton and would do everything to resurrect her career.
Laid low by a spate of injuries, including a recurring knee issue, and other health problems, the 33-year-old from Hyderabad has found it tough to stay fit to consistently turn up at the BWF World Tour events.
Her ranking has plummeted to No. 55 in the world.
“I get inflammation in my knee whenever I train for an hour or two. I am not able to bend my knee so a second session of training is not possible. The doctors have given me a couple of injections. Of course, the Olympics is near and it is tough (to qualify),” Saina told reporters.
“But I am trying my best to come back. The physios are helping me but if the inflammation doesn’t reduce, it will take a little more time to recover. I don’t want to play half-heartedly and results will also not come.
“If you are trying to compete against Tai Tzu or Akane (Yamaguchi), it won’t happen with just one hour of training. The level has improved so much. So when you are playing such players, you need a high-level game,” Saina said.