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Rio 2016 Olympics: Honest toiler Saina Nehwal senses golden opportunity


Saina Nehwal Saina Nehwal says her success is all given of her coaches. (Source: AP)

Saina Nehwal eschews a “natural talent” tab bearing on her by Indian media and says usually tough swindle and good coaching have given her a possibility to spin a Olympic badminton bronze she won 4 years ago in London into bullion during a Rio Games.

“Whatever we am today, it’s given of my coaches,” Nehwal told Reuters in an email talk following her feat during a Australian Open final week.

“They taught me smash, leap and net diversion in copybook character and we lerned 5 to 6 hours daily to master them.

“I am a workman and my coaches know how to get a best out of me,” combined a 26-year-old, who became a initial Indian shuttler to win an Olympic award in 2012.

While winning a award in London was distinguished behind home in success-starved India, her arise to a tip of a universe singles rankings in Apr final year was no reduction significant.

It noted a initial time a non-Chinese shuttler sat atop a women’s singles rankings given Dane Tine Baun in late 2010.

Nehwal, who will be 30 by a time a 2020 Olympics come around in Tokyo, believes Rio is her best possibility of gold.

“For 2020, it depends on my swell and health conditions. Rio is an ideal place to showcase my game,” she said.

“You can’t envision results. You need tough work and God’s blessing, detached from support from a fraternity,” a universe series 6 said.

Rio will symbol a third Olympics for Nehwal, who is attack a abounding capillary of form during accurately a right time.

Her second Australian Open pretension saw her kick universe champions Ratchanok Intanon (2013) and Wang Yihan (2011) before powerful China’s Sun Yu in a final in Sydney.

“It is smashing to win Australian Open before to a Olympics. It is really gratifying to kick dual universe champions and a youth universe champion (Malaysian Goh Jin Wei) in one tournament,” she said.

It was a acquire win for Nehwal, who had unsuccessful to strech a World Superseries final given final Nov in China and was returning from an Achilles damage she postulated during a finish of final year.

“The damage was a large jar to me … we missed South Asian Games, Indian Grand Prix and a (badminton) Asian group championship.

“It was mid-May when we felt we was good adequate to play tournament. It was a horror, looking during my condition those 3 months.”