Saina Nehwal aims to get back into top three

first_imgSaina Nehwal is determined to put behind the disappointment of losing in the quarter-finals of the World Championships as she readies for the China Masters and Japan Super Series.Saina said she was confident of a good show at the China Masters, which begins on Wednesday.”I have not played any tournament since the World Championships (in August). I have been training really hard and feel I can give a good account of myself,” she told Mail Today.Currently ranked fifth in the world, the Hyderabadi said that her main aim was to get back into the top three.”There are no more major events this year. So my aim is to break into the top three and end the year on a high. The China Masters is one of the toughest tournaments on the circuit because all the Chinese players compete in it,” she said.In the tournament, Saina has an easy draw till the quarterfinals. She opens her campaign against compatriot Aditi Mutatkar.”She has come through a tough qualifying round. I do not look forward to playing her in the opening round,” Saina said.In the quarter-finals, she is up against world champion Wang Shixian.”She is one of the most consistent players in the world right now. It is a challenge which I look forward to,” she said.Jayaram pulls outIndia’s No.2 shuttler Ajay Jayaram has pulled out of the China Masters after suffering an abdominal muscle tear.Jayaram said he got injured during the Vietnam Open.advertisement”It happened during the quarter-finals and felt some pain in my lower abdomen as I attempted a smash. It did not feel so bad then but after the tournament it became worse”.Jayaram said that he had been advised to rest for 10 days. Thereafter, he started training and now is back to his full schedule now.”I have completely recovered now and have resumed regular training. I am able to smash and move as well as before,” he said.Jayaram also said that his chances of participating in the Japan Super Series (in the following week after China Masters) are fairly bright.”As things stand now, I am going to participate in the Japan Super Series (starting on September 21).”Jayaram is happy that his good showing at the World Championships and the Vietnam Open saw his ranking rise to No. 25 -the highest it has ever been.”It is always good to be ranked in the top 25. Badminton is a very competitive sport and I am happy that I have maintained consistency over a considerable period of time.”When asked whether he had set any goals to achieve by the end of the year, he said: “I am not the one who sets targets and then tries to achieve them. I just try to play my best in every tournament.”last_img

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