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Saina Nehwal Pulls Out Of Syed Modi Citing Illness

Saina. (Image Courtesy: timesofindia.indiatimes.com).

(Image Courtesy: timesofindia.indiatimes.com).

LUCKNOW: The defending champion, Saina is still nursing for a foot injury and now a recurring fever, has pulled out of the women’s singles competition at the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament here.

“I have been carrying the illness for a couple of days and have not fully recovered. I need some time to recover and get back into shape,” Saina said in a letter to the organisers of the event, which begin with the qualifiers here on Tuesday.

Saina had earlier confirmed her participation last week, organised by Uttar Pradesh Badminton Association under the auspices of Badminton Association of India (BAI)

Earlier, the World No. 2 Saina had hurt her achilles tendon during the China Open finals last year. She missed the Hong Kong Open but, took part in the BWF Super Series Masters at Dubai in December but has been struggling with her fitness ever since.
“She was unwell during the PBL semifinal match and has been suffering from bouts of recurrent viral fever ever since. So she is lacking in stamina and to play at the highest level, it is important to be at your best. So after consulting with her coach Vimal Kumar, she decided to skip the event,” Saina’s father Harvir Singh said.

The star Indian had played for Awadhe Warriors in the recently-concluded Premier badminton League, where she won two and lost one against China’s Han Li in the semifinal contest.

In 2012, Saina had conceded the first round match despite being on match point against Russian Ksenia Polikarpova after complaining of knee problems. It left the organisers disappointed as Saina was not keen on playing and had already booked her return tickets to Hyderabad.

With Saina withdrawing, P. V. Sindhu will head the Indian challenge and she has a bright chance of laying her hands on the trophy as she is brimming with confidence after winning the Malaysia Masters last week.

The 25-year-old, who was conferred with the Padma Bhushan award yesterday, is the best bet for India at the Rio Olympics and has to be at the top of her game to earn India another medal at the Games.

Among others who pulled out of the event, World No. 11 Tommy Sugiarto is the most prominent name. The withdrawl of the Indonesian, who had an unbeaten run at the PBL, handed an easy first round match to India’s Sourabh Verma, who will now take on compatriot Rahul Yadav Chittaboina.

In men’s singles, defending champion Parupalli Kashyap, who was supposed to face Spain’s Pablo Abian, will now meet qualifier Oscar Bansal in the opening round, while Siril Verma, the new world No. 1 among junior men, will face 11th seed Boonsak Ponsana in his opener.

The Olympic bronze medallist cited illness as the reason behind her last-minute withdrawal.

Saina To Start Practice From Next Week In Bengaluru

Saina Nehwal. (Image Courtesy: www.mid-day.com).

Saina Nehwal.
(Image Courtesy: www.mid-day.com).

BENGALURU: Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal is set to return to practice here from next week after recovering from an ankle injury (Anchillus Tendon), her father Harvir Singh said.

“Saina will, in all probability, start her practice in Bengaluru from next week. For now, she is undergoing treatment for her ankle injury at our hometown, Hyderabad. She is fast recovering, there’s nothing to worry,” Singh said.
The Hyderabadi girl had suffered an ankle injury last month which forced her to skip the Hong Kong Open and also posed a serious question-mark on her performance at the season-ending BWF Super Series Finals.

Singh said Saina has had a very good year as she was runners up in three tournaments viz., the All England Championship, the World Championship and the China Open. But because of her injuries, her chances of winning more titles were affected.

“Badminton is the fastest game on the planet, and hence a player’s success depends on swift and fast movements, but if you have pain while moving to and fro, it affects the game,” Singh said.
Singh said though she lost some of the important tournaments this year, Saina had beaten World No. 1 Carolina Marin.

Asked whether it would be advisable for Saina to participate in the Second Edition of Premier Badminton League (PBL) next month even as she recovers from injury, Singh said, “It is left to Saina to decide on it. She knows much better than anyone else.”

Saina Nehwal Injured, Out Of Hong Kong Open Super Series 2015

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NAGPUR: The top women’s singles shuttler amd World no.2 Saina Nehwal pulled out of the prestigious Hong Kong Open 2015 and $350,000 tournament at the last moment.

Saina Nehwal. (Image Courtesy: www.mid-day.com).

Saina Nehwal.
(Image Courtesy: www.mid-day.com).

Saina earlier had felt pain in her leg while playing her China Open final against the Chinese Olympic champion Li Xuerui itself and was forced to withdraw from Hong Kong.

Saina’s father Harvir Singh confirmed the news. “She was having some pain and could not move properly against Li in the final on Sunday. After the final, she could not even walk properly. Saina and her coach Vimal Kumar requested Badminton Association of India (BAI) to withdraw her entry from the tournament. Her name was there in the draw but they have withdrawn it today (Monday). She will come back to Hyderabad soon,” said Saina’s father.

Now Saina, out of Hong Kong Open 2015, P.V. Sindhu will lead the Indian women’s challenge.

P.V. Sindhu.(Image Courtesy: www.newindianexpress.com).

P.V. Sindhu.
(Image Courtesy: www.newindianexpress.com).

P.V. Sindhu has got a tough draw as she is playing the top seed and reigning world champion Carolina Marin of Spain in the first round.

Sindhu has a lead between the two for a head to head record of 3-2.

It is noteable that Sindhu won against Carolin Marin in the Denmark Open last month.

The prestigious event will begin at the Hong Kong Coliseum on Tuesday.