New Delhi. Injury-battling Saina Nehwal opened up about her long-standing fitness issues, saying the idea of quitting the sport came to her mind too but she took it as a challenge that her How many more injuries can the body withstand? Former world number one Saina was forced to pull out of several tournaments, including the 2021 World Championships, due to injuries. Still not fully fit, Saina was not expected to play in the India Open but she managed to reach the second round.
Her rival Tereja Swabikova of Czech Republic abandoned the match on Wednesday due to back pain. At that time Saina was leading 22-20, 1-0. “I was able to practice hard but due to a slippery fall, I developed a lot of back problems,” Saina said in an online press conference after the match. I also got hurt during (Thomas and during the Uber Cup final) but I didn’t know that there was some knee problem, which got worse during the French Open.
Saina said, “Till that match, I didn’t know how serious the injury was. After that I was limping. It is a challenge and I want to accept it. Let’s see what injuries my body can withstand. It is not easy, sometimes your mind starts giving up.
Saina said that sitting outside the court (stadium) waiting for her injuries to heal really bothers her.
“The mental aspect of it is very difficult because tournaments are happening, players are winning and I am just sitting and watching them play. It is a challenge but we want to keep fighting, maybe there will be some good days ahead.
Saina had to leave the Thomas and Uber Cup finals (Denmark) and then the French Open midway.
This 31-year-old player said, “It was due to three injuries. During this, there was a lot of knee injury. Then there came a time when I could not even walk after the French Open.
The London Olympic bronze medalist said she is “happy with her rehabilitation” and hopes to be fully fit by March.
“I had practiced well for seven-eight days before this event but I didn’t expect to play India Open. I hope I can get some more practice sessions on the court. I am happy to play in India, so let’s see how many rounds I can go ahead.
“My fitness level is 60-70% now. Hopefully by the end of January, I will reach my full physical fitness level. We have practice time in February and then competitions in March, maybe by then things will settle down.”