Saina Nehwal's moving a little slower on the court: Prakash Padukone

Even as Saina Nehwal, who has not won a single tournament this year, gears up for the December 11-15 BWF Super Series Finals, badminton great Prakash Padukone feels that the World No 6 will need to get back her speed to win tournaments.

Prakash Padukone
Prakash Padukone indulges in a game of badminton at the launch of the sixth Tata Open yesterday. Pic/Shadab Khan

“I think that injuries happen when you have played too much badminton. Physical fitness plays a very important role in an athlete’s career. I do not know what kind of training she undergoes.

I think she should choose tournaments wisely so that she can get enough rest. I feel that compared to earlier times, she is moving a little slow on the court. Even a fraction of a second’s decrease in speed can change the result of a game.

If she gets back her speed, everything can be put in place,” said Padukone on the sidelines of an event to announce the sixth edition of the USD 15,000 Tata Open India International Challenge yesterday.

India No 2 and defending champion RMV Gurusaidutt will be the top seed at the tournament, which gets underway today. Other Indians in the fray are B Sai Praneeth, HS Prannoy and Saurabh Varma.

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