Saina aims to clinch Hong Kong, China Open titles

Hyderabad, Nov 7 (UNI) With back-to-back title at Commonwealth Youth Games and World Junior Badminton Championship, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal is all set to storm in the Hong Kong and China Open, starting later this month.

Saina, who was the quarter-finalist in the Beijing Olympics this year, though refrained from making tall claims about her chances in these tournaments, but she aims to produce her best.

Talking to mediapersons here, the 18-year-old said, ''Next tournament is Hong Kong Open and then China Open which is starting on November 18. Hopefully, I will do well.'' ''I just go for winning. I really don't make statements like I am going to win the tournament. I really know how tough is the competition. I am fit now. I will give my 100 per cent and hope for a good result,'' she added.

The Hyderabadi shuttler, however, feels that her defence and backhand stroke have improved over a period of time.

''I am basically an attacking player. I have good smashes. I feel my defence has improved but I need to work on it more.

''This year I really worked on my defence and backhand stroke.

That's why I am able to cover the court nicely and I am able to recover well. That's the best part. A player is never perfect.

Next year, I would improve even better,'' the badminton sensation said.

Saina further added that she is taking a break in December and would start afresh in January next year.


Story first published: Friday, November 7, 2008, 19:07 [IST]
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