Saina looking for a good finish in Indian Open

March 23rd, 2009 - 11:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Hyderabad, March 23 (IANS) Indian badminton sensation Saina Nehwal is upbeat about her chances in the star-studded Yonex Sunrise Indian Open Gold tournament starting here Tuesday.
Saina has been in prime form since last year and cracked the World No.10 with some fine performances.

A shoulder injury which she carried for sometime aggravated in the Korean Super Series and put her out of the national championship in February.

Saina made a comeback in the All England Open this month but lost in the first round. She then reached the quarterfinal of the Swiss Open where she lost to World No. 3 Lu Lan.

“I am high on confidence because I have performed well last year and my ranking has gone up. In previous edition of Indian Open I was World No. 33 but this time I am ranked No.9 so the expectation is really high,” Saina told IANS.

Saina said she has fully recovered from the shoulder injury.

“I worked with Heath Matthews (physiotherapist) and he has been very supportive. It has helped me recover quickly.”

Saina will take on Malaysian Chew Yen Daphne in the first round and could meet fifth seed Julia Xian Wong in the third.

“I have been playing the top players frequently now. So I know their game, but it is tough because they can always surprise you.”

There will be a strong Indian presence in the tournament. Nine Indian girls will play in singles while the men’s draw will have as many as 22 Indian players including Chetan Anand, Anup Sridhar and Arvind Bhat.

The tournament has attracted top international players with Malaysian World No.1 Chong Wei Lee the top seed in men’s singles. France’s Pi Hongyan, who beat Saina in All England Open, is the top seed in women’s draw.

“Some of the top players in the world are competing. Indian badminton is looking up with many players making their mark at international level. The tournament will go a long way in making the game popular in India.”

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