Saina was part of the mixed event gold winning team and then clinched another yellow metal in the women's singles where she defeated Sindhu in the final in straight games. After that, she won a bronze in the Asian Badminton Championships in China after losing to Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in semifinals
Saina Nehwal: I keep working on my areas of weakness. I want to think that I am better than my opponent but actually that is not. Maybe Sindhu or any other player in the world, all are very dangerous at the moment. I have to be always careful and be alert about the mistakes I had done in matches against them
In his remarks on the occasion, Gopichand termed Saina and Sindhu "precious diamonds". "As a coach, I treat both Saina and Sindhu as precious diamonds. Winning or losing among both happens every day at the Academy in Hyderabad. Win or defeat in game encourages the winners and looser to raise the bar and reach higher," he said.
Saina Nehwal: Asian Games is going to be tougher than the CWG, it is almost the same level as Olympics. It is going to be difficult but all of us are playing very well at the moment and our confidence is really high. It depends on the draw also. But I think the performance should be better this time
Saina Nehwal: The amount of strength I am having now, I never thought I would be able to move on the court like what I am doing now. It was very challenging for me to come out of that hip and knee issues that I had and there were a lot of areas of weakness in my legs. The moment he came in there was a lot of improvement in my strength. I can now play much easier
Saina described world number one Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei to whom she lost in the Asian Badminton Championships last month as a tricky and deceptive player
The FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) on Saturday felicitated India's star shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu along with current chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand. Saina and Sindhu finished first and second respectively in the women's singles event in the Commonwealth Games held at Gold Coast in April. Pics/ PTI