The 23-year-old from Hyderabad missed a chance to grab the bronze at the World Championship in China after she suffered a 21-23 9-21 loss to Korean Yeon Ju Bae in the quarterfinals of the prestigious event.
     
Asked if she was disappointed to miss the bronze, Saina said: "I am not disappointed. I was just unwell so I can't really feel disappointed. I have really crossed the stage to feel disappointed."
     
"I am doing really well and I am happy with the way I am playing. It is just a time of luck and when you have luck, you can pull off matches. Look how Ratchanok (Inthanon) pulled off the match against Li Xuerui," said Saina.
    
While she missed out, her younger colleague PV Sindhu went on a gaint killing spree and clinched the bronze in her maiden World Championship appearance. The 18-year-old was rewarded for her achievement as she was picked her for the Arjuna award.
     
Asked about Sindhu receiving the Arjuna Award, Saina said: "It's natural when you win something at international level, you will get the award. So it was nothing new. It is good that she won the bronze medal there after beating two Chinese players. I wish her all the best."
    
Sindhu and Thailand's Ratchanok Inthanon are the two players who have beaten the Chinese and won the bronze and gold respectively at the World Championship, a rare feat considering the domination of China.
     
Saina said: "It is not easy to beat the Chinese. Sometimes it happens that by luck you beat Chinese in a tournament. They won't give up. They will get back. They have a very strong team".

(Agencies)

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