Hyderabad: Ace badminton star Saina Nehwal returned to Hyderabad on Tuesday, days after winning her third Indonesia Open Super Series title. Need to be in top shape to face Chinese in Olympics: Nehwal (Agencies)
Saina, 22, is currently ranked fifth in the world and is behind four Chinese players.
Saina defeated Li Xuerui of China despite being a set down, outsmarting her opponent 13-21, 22-20, 21-19 in the final of the Indonesia Open on Sunday at Jakarta.
The match lasted an hour and four minutes and incidentally, this was her third victory this year in international tourneys.
Speaking to reporters, Saina said that victory has given her confidence to eye a medal at the London Olympics next month.
""I am happy that I won two tournaments in a row and yes the win was quite after sometime so really happy that results are very good. I defeated quite a few top players in these two tournaments so really happy. Want to thank my coach Gopi sir, my parents and of course all my well wishers who were praying for me and I hope from here on I train even more harder and get ready for the Olympics," said Saina.
The odds were against Saina since she had lost four times and won just once against her Chinese opponent, Li Xuerui.
Saina lost three finals to her Chinese opponents last year, raising concerns about her vulnerability against them.
The victory at Indonesia Open came a week after Saina won the Thai Open on June 10.
Saina had a standout year in 2010 when she won three Super Series titles and the Commonwealth Games gold in Delhi, also reaching a career-best world ranking of two.
Hyderabad: Ace badminton star Saina Nehwal returned to Hyderabad on Tuesday, days after winning her third Indonesia Open Super Series title.
Need to be in top shape to face Chinese in Olympics: Nehwal