Saina was laid low by a toe fracture in 2013 and was forced to miss the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year due to a blister on her leg. Her struggles with fitness reflected on her performances and prompted her to shift to Bengaluru to train under Vimal Kumar at the Prakash Padukone Academy.

"I was thinking about quitting (last year) because I thought I was getting irritated with the kind of performances I was giving. I was not happy with the way I was playing. It was not happening, I was not finding out ways to win. It was getting challenging for me because I knew I was a world class player," Saina said.

"Losing without a fight was not me. That moment Vimal Sir joined the Uber Cup team after a long time. He worked on my game and I started winning games in Uber Cup and then I won the Australian Open”, Saina added.

"Now I have become World no. 1, won China and India Open, reached the finals of All England and World Championships. All these happened only as I moved to Bengaluru. I wanted to improve and I think it (shifting from Hyderabad to Bengaluru) was a good decision," the Olympic bronze medalist said.

The Hyderabad ace said that she is looking forward to a strong show at the 2016 Olympic Games after an impressive performance at the Worlds.


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