GOOD SPORTS: WILL SAINA EMERGE FROM HER SLUMP?
When it comes to slumps among Indian women playing racket sports, Sania seems to be having a bigger one than Saina. But Sania Mirza was never an elite tennis player – her highest world ranking was No. 27 and her best finish at a Grand Slam event was the fourth round – whereas Saina Nehwal was once the No. 2 badminton player in the world. She had a spectacular year in 2010, winning six titles, including three Super Series and a Commonwealth Games gold medal. But she won only one tournament last year and her world ranking slipped to No. 5.
Indian sports fans hope she bounces back in time for the upcoming London Olympics. “Her movement has certainly gone down and has been exploited by other players,” former Asian champion Dinesh Khanna told India Today. “Generally, Chinese are very good at picking up flaws in your game and that is the reason why Saina has not played well against them.” Any chance we can get China to boycott the Olympics?
Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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