Saina Nehwal sits out Awadhe Warriors’ first match

Saina Nehwal chose to sit out of Awadhe Warriors women’s singles match against Mumbai Rockets in order to give sufficient time for her Achilles tendon to heal.

A photo of Saina Nehwal at the opening ceremony of the PBL 2016 in Mumbai.   -  PTI

Saina Nehwal chose to sit out of Awadhe Warriors women’s singles match against Mumbai Rockets in order to give sufficient time for her Achilles tendon to heal.

Talking to Star Sports’ Aparna Popat before the start of the inaugural PBL tie here at the NSCI, Saina said her foot injury is quite serious and she doesn’t want to risk aggravating it. “This is an Olympic year and I want to play safe. I am on the verge of recovery. There are five matches to play in the league,’ she said before appearing on the court for the toss.

Ranked No. 2 in the world, the 25 year old Saina shocked Spain’s Carolina Marin in a league match of the World Super Series final in Dubai recently, but lost two other matches. Earlier she reached the final of the China Open.

Her decision to watch the match from the sidelines gave an opportunity for G. Vrushali to play against Ruthvika Shivani Gadde.