I am getting better and better, Saina says after winning Indonesia Masters

It was not the way Saina Nehwal would have loved to win the Indonesia Masters final against reigning Olympic Champion, Carolina Marin. 

Saina Nehwal during the Indonesia Masters final on Sunday.   -  AP

It was not the way Saina Nehwal would have loved to win the Indonesia Masters final against reigning Olympic Champion, Carolina Marin. 

Marin conceded the final after a nasty fall leading to a serious injury on right knee despite leading 10-4 in the first game on Sunday.

“It is an important year for all of us. It is very unfortunate today (Marin getting injured),” Saina remarked after the final that lasted 10 minutes.

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“This is my eighth final and I am really happy with the way I have been playing after a four-week break because of a shin injury. I reached the semifinals of the Malaysian Open last week and now doing well here,” she said in the post-match interview to the TV network.

“I am getting better and better and would like to keep my body in perfect shape for the coming events,” she added.

Saina says that there is no secret to staying fit except following the demanding training programme not just for skills in badminton but also physical conditioning. “I got injured quite a few times in the last three years. You have to face them and keep training to recover yourself well for the next big events,” she said.

“I always enjoyed playing here and I must thank the fans for supporting the players so well over the years,” Saina concluded.

Interestingly, it was Marin who knocked out Saina in the semifinal of the Malaysia Open last week.

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