Saina's win will help her perform in World Championship: Gopi
National Coach Pullela Gopichand today lauded Saina Nehwal for becoming the first Indian to win the Indonesian Super Series badminton title in Jakarta and felt the win will help her perform better in the World Championship in Hyderabad in August.other Updated: Jun 21, 2009 16:41 IST
National Coach Pullela Gopichand on Sunday lauded Saina Nehwal for becoming the first Indian to win the Indonesian Super Series badminton title in Jakarta and felt the win will help her perform better in the World Championship in Hyderabad in August.
World number eight Saina beat third-ranked Lin Wang 12-21 21-18 21-9 in a gruelling final on Sunday.
"It is a great day for Indian badminton and a huge win for Saina. The way she has played through out the tournament, it reflects the hard work she has put up in all these years.
"It will give her a lot of confidence and help her perform even better in the World Championship and also give impetus to India's preparation of the important tournament in Hyderabad in August," he added.
Reflecting on the match, Gopichand said, "She played aggressive badminton and grabbed her chances and also played
better in the nets today. She has been very patient."
"Saina always likes players whom she has played against before, it is very typical of her and since she had played her last week, she was very comfortable with Wang," he added.
Gopichand said it was important to have patience and give her time so that she can come up with some stunning performances.
First Published: Jun 21, 2009 16:38 IST