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Saina Nehwal: Sometimes you feel like giving up

Injury-ravaged Saina Nehwal on Wednesday opened up about her prolonged fitness issues, saying the thought of giving up did cross her mind but she has taken it up as a challenge to see how many more injuries her body can cope with. The former World No.1 was forced to miss a lot of tournaments in 2021, including the World Championships, due to multiple injuries. 

Round Two

Still not completely fit, Nehwal reached the second round of the India Open, where she was not even expecting to play. She advanced after her opponent Czech Republic’s Tereza Svabikova suffered a back injury and retired mid-way, on Wednesday. Nehwal was leading 22-20, 1-0 at that time.

“I was able to take the tough training but one bad slip and my groin had lot of issues. I got a tear [during Thomas and Uber Cup Final], but I didn’t know that the knee was also going through some issues which got bad in French Open,” Saina said during a virtual press conference. 

‘I was limping’

“Till that match, I didn’t know it was so bad and after that I was limping. It is a challenge and I want to accept. Let’s see what all injuries my body can cope with. It is not easy, sometimes you feel like giving up,” remarked Nehwal, who said sitting on the fence, waiting for injuries to heal is something which really bothered her. 

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