NEW DELHI: “I was well set to win more tournaments but injuries didn’t leave me the whole year. When you are fit and fine then progress comes automatically,” Saina told PTI.
“Out of three important finals (All England, World Championship and China Open), I was the only runners up in three tournaments where as the winner in two (All England and World Championship) was Carolina and in third (China Open) the winner was Li Xuerui.”
“Being world number one is the most satisfying while being runners up in three events in a year is not very encouraging to my personal career,” she said.
“This year is also one of the best but more was to be done by me. I wish I would have been free of injuries. It is an important component of badminton. Almost all the girls in international badminton were doing well in the tournaments.”
The 25-year-old had shifted base from Hyderabad to Bangalore early in the year to train under Vimal Kumar and credited him for her success.
“I had excellent training sessions at PPBA at Bangalore during 2015 under Vimal Sir. Physical fitness, personal skill and the best training contributes a lot to the outcome of a player,” she said.
“I enjoyed the training at Bangalore and achieved the best in my pursuit. Coach Vimal Kumar played a pivotal role in scaling the performance of my game.”
Asked how difficult it is to outwit the competitors consistently, Saina said: “It is the nature of sports that every time some new faces are striving hard to gain momentum in the game, it shows badminton progress is on high speed.
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal, feels the year 2015 is one of the best of her career but also ruled, a series of injuries has also affected her chances of winning more titles.
Saina had reached the finals of BWF Super Series Final in 2011, she made thrice to the semifinals of the BWF Super Series Finals.
She will once again compete against the top 8 shuttlers in the world, including China’s Li Xuerui, Wang Yiang, Wang Shixiang and the current world no.1 Caroline Marin, at Dubai Super Series Masters Finals starting on December 9.