Former world No. 1 and Olympic bronze medalist Saina Nehwal mentioned that her career may come to a sudden end during an interview to espn.in. Recovering from a surgery on her right knee, Saina has been out of competitive action since August 20. She had being bed-ridden for sometime, and is yet to regain full fitness.
Though the ace shuttler is aiming for the China Open Super Series that starts from November 15, she feels that her career might come to a sudden end. During the interview she said she wants to work hard and not think about winning or losing, but somewhere deep in her heart she feels this maybe be the end of her career.
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. – Saina as quoted by the website.
She is undergoing post-surgery rehabilitation process under physiotherapist Heath Matthews, along with training under her coach U. Vimal Kumar.
“I will be more than happy if people think I am finished, it is nice in a way, people think a lot about me, maybe now they won’t. So for me it is just about how to take care of my body and be in good shape because these injuries are quite painful,” she said.
Hinting further at her retirement plans, Saina said she has not fixed any long term goals for her future.
“I am going to think about the next one year, it is year by year now, I am not going to set a target for the next 5-6 years now,” she said.
Considered as one of the most successful Indian female sportsperson, the 26 year old from Hyderabad and recipient of the Padma Bhushan, Rajiv Khel Ratna and Arjuna Awards, has won over 20 international titles in badminton and became the world number 1 in 2015.