After China Open title, Saina Nehwal aiming for No 1 spot

After having risen to World No 4 ranking, ace shuttler says she will give her best to become World No 1

Hyderabad: Upbeat over winning the China Open title and moving up to the fourth spot in the latest BWF rankings, star shuttler Saina Nehwal says she is working on becoming the best in the world.

Saina Nehwal
Saina Nehwal

“I am happy that from World No 9 I reached World No 4 with three titles. Now, I am hoping to do well in the Dubai Super Series final next month,” she told PTI here today. Besides seeking more success on the tour, the Hyderabadi said she is focused on maintaining fitness in the run-up to the 2016 Olympics.

“It is very important to stay fit now as the Olympics are coming nearer. It will be more about remaining fit and playing the best against the top three Chinese players. I will try to beat them as many times as possible or try to give them a tough fight, which is important,” she said.

She said she would work hard to achieve the No 1 position, but did not want to put a time-frame to it.

“I will try my best. World No 1 is a target obviously everyone wants to achieve. But it is not easy as the other Chinese are also strong. So, I would just keep working hard and you never know anything can happen. (I) reached World No 4, so, hopefully, would like to win some more tournaments. It is not going to be easy, but, I am going to work very hard for that,” she said.

Saina, who trained with chief national coach Pullela Gopichand for long in Hyderabad, shifted to Bangalore two months ago to train under Vimal Kumar.

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