A flag-bearer of Indian women’s singles badminton, Saina Nehwal, who is recovering from a knee surgery, feels her career may be coming to an end. “It is okay, many people will think my career will end and I won’t come back. I also think somewhere deep in my heart that maybe it is the end of my career, so let’s see how it is. Maybe, you never know,” the ace shuttler and London Olympics bronze medallist said.
Plagued by a right knee injury, the Hyderabadi was knocked out of the first round from this year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Forced to go under the knife, she began her rehabilitation process with physiotherapist Heath Matthews and resumed her regular training recently under her coach U. Vimal Kumar.She further hinted at her imminent retirement plans by saying that she has not set any long-term goals for the future.
Considered as the flag-bearer of Indian women’s singles badminton, Saina has had many ‘firsts’ added to her illustrious career. Besides being the first Indian shuttler to win an Olympic medal, the former World No.1 added another feather to her cap by becoming the first Indian woman to reach the finals of the prestigious All England Open Badminton Championships.