Saina Nehwal’s former coach Vimal Kumar rued his former star pupil’s dangerous luck as she missed a handful of alternatives to ebook a quota for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics this yr on account of her accidents and inconsistency.
It got here as a impolite shock for badminton followers because the 31-year-old Saina Nehwal didn’t qualify for her fourth Olympic Video games this yr after the cancelled the final three qualifiers because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“She came into the limelight in 2005-06 and has been a big trend setter after Prakash Padukone. She has been consistent, played many years and it is sad that she couldn’t qualify this year. I guess she has been a bit unlucky in the last two Games,” Vimal instructed PTI.
Vimal, who had guided Saina to the world primary rating, feels the London Olympics bronze medallist can serve Indian badminton for just a few years, supplied she plans issues higher and takes care of her physique.
“She can continue for few years but it is going to be tough. She has to plan things better, target specific tournaments and work towards it.
“With her experience she can still beat the best players but she shouldn’t look at ranking because it will be difficult to play the circuit and also stay injury free.”
The shuttler has claimed over 24 worldwide titles, together with 11 Superseries crowns in a stellar profession, moreover profitable a silver and bronze on the World Championships and a bronze at 2012 London Video games.
Saina, who had reached the quarterfinals on the Beijing Video games, suffered a career-threatening knee damage simply days forward of the 2016 Rio Olympics, which noticed her bow out within the second spherical.
A decided Saina, nevertheless, returned to seize her second Commonwealth Video games gold in 2018 and remained on the right track for a Tokyo berth earlier than slipping within the final two years.
Is it potential to chase one other Olympics?
“It is very difficult. She has been getting injured consistently. I dont know, it is a tough task and, to be honest, Olympics shouldn’t be the priority anymore,” Vimal mentioned.
“Her performance has seen a steady decline since January 2019 when she won the Indonesia final after Carolina Marin got injured. After that she has not done anything remarkable. Of course, it was all COVID for most parts.”