Saina Nehwal's recovery from knee injury going smoothly, aims to return by October end
Her recovery from a knee injury going ahead smoothly, India's star shuttler Saina Nehwal is hoping to return to the courts by the end of next month.
Hyderabad: Her recovery from a knee injury going ahead smoothly, India's star shuttler Saina Nehwal is hoping to return to the courts by the end of next month.
"Not before end (of) October, so I will miss tournaments till that time. I am world No 8 at present, it may go down further," Saina told PTI at Hyderabad.
"We have already done six weeks of rehab and still five to six more weeks are to be put before I go to courts for practice".
The 26-year-old shuttler, who won a bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympics, hopes to play tournaments scheduled for November if she is match-fit by then.
"May be tournaments slated in November if everything goes well," she said, when asked which event she planned play next.
Her rehab programme, following a surgery to the right knee at a Mumbai hospital last month, has been going on smoothly, she said.
"I am fine; the rehab plan is working nicely under the guidance of Heath Matthews, Head Sports Medicine, Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital Mumbai. I am highly thankful to them and Ms Chandan Poddar, physio, for the help," she said.
Saina had sustained an intra-articular injury (inside the joint) to her right knee and a small fragment of bone has separated from her patella (knee cap bone), the doctors who treated her had said.
Saina sustained the injury early August and it got aggravated during the Rio Olympics. She had lost in the Group stage after suffering a straight game defeat against Ukraine's Marija Ulitina in the second match in the world event.
Observing that badminton can improve further in the country, she said academies with good coaches can produce bright talent.
"We have to learn a lot from the present scenario and improve further. Academies manned with good coaches will help produce better talent," Saina said.
Saina also congratulated Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu, her former colleague at the Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad, for her grand achievement.
The world number seven Indian will next play Hong Kong's world number 34 Cheung Ngan Yi in the group stage.
The soft-spoken Indian ace was not known for her aggression till five years back and it was chief national coach Pullela Gopichand, who had transformed her into an aggressive player ahead of the Rio Games.
Sindhu is one of the favourites for the gold, especially in the absence of defending champion Carolina Marin, who missed the Games due to an injury.