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Number one is still a distant dream: Saina

She is inching closer to being among the world's top five and is tipped to be number one in the next couple of years but ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal says being numero uno is still a very distant dream.

other Updated: Jul 04, 2009 16:27 IST

She is inching closer to being among the world's top five and is tipped to be number one in the next couple of years but ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal says being numero uno is still a very distant dream.

The legendary Prakash Padukone considers Saina talented enough to be at the top in the next two years but the 20-year-old doesn't want to aim so high right now.

"Prakash sir has been very encouraging, I also want to be the number one but I don't want to think about that now. I would have to be at my best to achieve that. I have to be consistent and win back-to-back tournament," Saina told PTI after going up a rung to sixth in the latest world rankings.

She has become the first Indian woman and third overall, after Pullela Gopichand and Padukone, to achieve such a ranking.

"Once I crack the top-five, I will set my eyes on the top three and then may be with time, the number one target will come. But it is too distant a dream right now and so I think I should concentrate more on my game," the Hyderabadi added.

The Indonesian Open champion said she is in good form and wants to beat higher-ranked rivals more often to boost her confidence.