Saina seeks confidence ahead of World meet

Saina seeks confidence ahead of World meet


The 20-year-old Hyderabadi, who won all her matches during the Sudirman Cup in China last month, will play three Super Series tournament — Singapore Open, Indonesian Open and Malaysian Open — as a part of the tour this month.

However, the world number seven, sounded cautious and said she would look to gain some confidence before the World Championships in August in Hyderabad.

“I have set no goals, I am not thinking about making the quarterfinals or semifinals. I just want to go there and play and win some good matches and get my confidence going before the world championship,” Saina said.

Seeded sixth, Saina has a relatively easier draw in the Singapore Open as she takes on a qualifier in the opener but the world number seven feels her opponent would be in an advantageous position.

“I am playing a qualifier in the opener but I wouldn’t take her lightly. She would be in an advantageous position because she would be knowing the conditions well after playing in the qualifying rounds, So it would be tough,” Saina said.

Saina, who injured her shoulder early this year, said she was feeling fitter than ever and hopes to be in her best shape during the Singapore open. “During the Indian Open in March, I was a little worried about the shoulder, it was about 70 per cent okay but now it has healed by 90-95 percent, and I feel no pain at all. I am in my best shape now,” she said.

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