DUBAI: The ‘Saina Squad’ provided the expected vocal support from the auduence chairs inspiring Saian to come up with a spectacular performance on the recently concluded BWF Super Super Series Finals at the Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai.
Saina, need the much needed support from the selected “Saina squad” to down the world No. 1 on the second day and admitted for registering one of her most memorable victories of her career, defeating Marin in the league rounds
Although, Saina could not live up to the expectations and bowed out of the competition with her second defeat in three league matches on Friday.
“It was great to get a massive support from the fans and that too outside India. I am really thankful to the ‘Saina Squad’ members as they constantly encouraged me during my match against Carolina. The huge cheering pumped me up and suddenly I got that extra energy. I am not fully fit now but that emotional cheering really charged me up and I came up with an extraordinary win, surprising everybody, including myself,” Saina told TOI after she overcame her nemesis in three games.
In individual sports, ‘Saina Squad’ has perhaps set the new trend as a group of 20 fans travelled to Dubai to cheer the shuttler. The idea of forming ‘Saina Squad’ came after the Indian lost a close final against Marin in the last World Championship in Indonesia. Marin supporters in the stands were so loud and aggressive that it helped her win a hard-fought match. Star Sports took the initiative and launched a massive campaign in India after which they finalized 20 most passionate followers of Saina.
“It is always nice to get such support. The cheering by Indian fans is sometimes crazy but I like that. I thought Carolina made some unforced errors as she did not expect such a round of applause for me. She normally doesn’t commit those mistakes. It worked well for me in this tournament. I just hope this bunch accompanies me whenever I go,” said Saina.