A former world No.1, Saina has been the torch-bearer of girls’s badminton within the worldwide area, having represented the nation thrice on the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (2018), New Delhi (2010) and Melbourne (2006).
Whereas there should not be an iota of doubt that the Hisar-born shuttler can nonetheless work her magic with some beautiful performances within the skilled circuit however her reluctance to look for BAI trials may properly finish her possibilities of representing the flag at multi-discipline occasions like CWG, Asiad, Olympics and Uber Cup.
A two-time Commonwealth Video games gold medallist, Saina did harbour hopes of defending her title at Birmingham however name it a hasty resolution or a miscommunication, the dream is now wanting like a distant one.
On Thursday, an upset Saina took to Twitter to slam the Badminton Association of India for not responding to her e-mail, additionally questioning the logic behind internet hosting the trials.
In 2 weeks time , As a senior participant to take part in again to again occasions nonstop is unimaginable and it’s risking i… https://t.co/uDrU2RL2f3
— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) 1649922651000
Asiad. I want we had higher understanding about learn how to handle a schedule and never announce occasions with 10 days notic… https://t.co/yDlIWqmnb0
— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) 1649922651000
The federation, nonetheless, has maintained radio silence, indicating that the transition part in ladies’s singles has began and the main target any more will probably be solely on the youthful crop of gamers, permitting them to showcase their expertise on the worldwide stage.
“She has achieved quite a bit for the nation however within the final two years, she hasn’t finished something price mentioning. She has additionally not been in a position to type out her harm points,” a former coach advised PTI on situation of anonymity.
“It’s robust to play on the worldwide stage with constant niggles, so she wants to just accept it and should not get hyper over these points. Nobody can deny her contribution to the sport however I do not need to see her being so bitter about it,” the acclaimed coach mentioned.
BAI appears to have set the wheels of grow to be movement after they referred to as for the choice trials on April 2 to choose groups for Commonwealth Video games, Thomas and Uber Cup and Asian Video games.
Whereas the highest 15 gamers had been exempted from the trials, the remainder of the highest Indian gamers, together with Tokyo Olympian B Sai Praneeth and three-time CWG medallist Ashwini Ponnappa, who’re ranked from 16 to 50, agreed to take part within the trials which started right here on Friday.
However Saina, who’s at the moment ranked twenty third, pulled out as she did not need her physique to undergo the rigours since she had simply returned after enjoying three-back-to-back occasions in Europe and Asian Championships is about to start on April 26.
Saina’s causes are legitimate as she hasn’t been in one of the best bodily form of late. Recurring accidents performed its half in delaying her return to peak health and it confirmed within the outcomes as she made early exits from a collection of tournaments.
The 32-year-old did present indicators of her outdated self throughout her slim three-game loss to Japan’s world no 2 Akane Yamaguchi within the opening spherical of All England Championships.
Saina remains to be discovering her means again and would not need to undergo the rigours of enjoying 6-7 matches within the trials.
However it’s understood that BAI would not need to make any concession for the London Video games bronze medallist and made it clear that participation within the trials is a should to be chosen for the big-ticket workforce occasions.
“She may have taken it as simply one other week-long event and performed. I perceive two-week time shouldn’t be excellent however the place is the window in a crammed schedule?,” the previous coach mentioned.
“It’s a new administration and I do not suppose they’re being unfair by internet hosting the trials,” he added.
Saina’s resolution to play India Open in January with out attaining full health additionally backfired as she suffered a straight-game loss to fast-rising Malvika Bansod.
This alongside together with her current poor present raised doubts on her skill of making certain a medal on the multi-discipline video games.
However, BAI, additionally, is raring to blood the following technology of gamers — the Malvika Bansods, Akarshi Kashyaps and Tasnim Mirs, who’re ready within the wings and are all nearly in the identical stage.
“With COVID-19 disrupting the home and worldwide circuit, a variety trial was the one option to discover out the place the gamers stand by way of rankings,” reasoned a BAI official.
Whereas Saina won’t stroll on to the court docket in workforce championships anymore, however her journey in worldwide badminton is way from over.
“Make no errors, she will nonetheless be a formidable participant. Now she ought to think about the open occasions, and if she is ache free, she will nonetheless play properly,” the previous coach added.
“She had a good efficiency within the first spherical of the All England championship in opposition to Akane and it reveals that she nonetheless has the starvation in her.”