Chicken pox has rendered Saina Nehwal doubtful for next month's World Badminton Championship even though the ace shuttler remains hopeful of competing in the high-profile event at her hometown Hyderabad.
Saina, who won the Arjuna Award yesterday, has been suffering from mild fever since Saturday and it was only yesterday that she was diagnosed with chicken pox and was advised complete bed rest for the next few days.
"I have been suffering from fever since Saturday but it's yesterday that I saw some pockmarks appearing on the skin. Initially I thought it must be pimples or boils but in the last couple of days some more pockmarks developed and I had this itchy feeling," Saina told PTI from Hyderabad.
"So we decided to see the doctor, who confirmed that I have chicken pox. I have been advised complete rest for the next 4-5 days and then see see how it goes," she said.
"It is very disappointing and shocking for me as the World Championship is just round the corner. But there are no immediate concerns about my participation in the tournament as of now. I will visit the doctor after a few days and then take a call," added Saina.