Saina on Monday gave her team a positive start after notching up a 21-4 21-12 win over Joycelyn Ko in 25 minutes in the first singles at the Siri Fort Complex here.

"I think still there are lots of tough matches ahead which I have to play. There is Hong Kong tomorrow. I have lost few matches recently so the confidence is still lacking. But I have seen some difference in my game when I played today. I could see my strokes have improved after the training," Saina told reporters after the match.

Asked if she was 100 percent fit, Saina said:"Nobody can say a player is 100 percent. Everyone is here and there and I think it is about how you find your rhythm and how good you play in that tournament and it is just starting. So lets us just wait for other matches and see how it goes."

Saina said she was finding it a bit difficult to control the shuttle in the second game as there is drift in the stadium.

"There is lot of drift here, sometimes it is difficult to control. Otherwise, today result was expected. I had no problem with getting rhythm. I was on the favourable side in the first game and in the second game again I was on the other side and it is not easy to play in that side," she said.

The London Olympics bronze medallist feels her team has the firepower to go beyond the quarterfinal stage.

"We have chances of reaching the quarters and the team is doing well so I also hope we can cross the quarter stage. So lets see," she said.


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