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Saina confident of a strong comeback at World Championship

Noida, PTI | Updated : 12 July 2013, 04:26 PM

Saina Nehwal on Friday revealed that there was "doubt" in her mind during her campaign at the Southeast Asian circuit last month but said the much-needed six-week break will help her to regain fitness and come back strongly at the World Championship next month.

The world number three has been going through a lean patch for the last nine months as she has failed to win a single tournament.

In the last three tournaments -- Thailand Open, Indonesia Open and Singapore Open -- Saina had failed to go beyond the semifinals, but it doesn't seem to concern her much as she believes she can still win titles.

"It doesn't concern me that much because I know if I'm at my best I can win again. I was not happy with what was happening with me. Some small injuries can irritate you. You can't be at your best when you are injured. When you are tapping your knee. There were doubts in my mind," Saina told reporters on the sidelines of the launch of IBL's school program initiative -- shuttle express here.

"These were doubts like if I can train, if I can give 100 per cent. So good that I'm taking physiotherapy now. I am taking good note and not thinking about what happened and giving my best again.

"I got this six weeks break after a long time. I was not happy with my fitness. I needed that break but when I got that break my toe got fractured. At the starting of the year, I had a knee injury but now I am okay and hopefully should come up with good performance in the World championship," she added.

The Olympic bronze medallist was also excited about the Indian Badminton League, starting from August 14-31.

"This is a great initiative by IBL to promote the sport. Everyone was playing well today. It's good to see interest growing in badminton, even in school there is improvement. We wanted this things to happen. I can see sporting facilities here, these things should happen in all school across India," said Saina, who gave lessons to the badminton enthusiasts during a clinic organised at Genesis Global school here.

"When I was studying we just had a big ground. We used to play everything there. Now it is easier for kids to pick up sports because of better facilities," she added.

First Published: Friday, July 12, 2013 04:25 PM
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