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Saina on cloud nine after April blitz

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New Delhi: India’s veteran shuttler Saina Nehwal is basking in glory after winning three medals, including two gold medals in the Commonwealth Games and Asian Championships in April.

Saina played a big role in India’s gold medal triumph in the mixed team competition of the CWG in Gold Coast, Australia in the first and second weeks of April. The 28-year-old also got the gold medal in the women’s singles contest as she defeated compatriot P.V. Sindhu in the final.

Saina then grabbed her third Asian Championship bronze medal with a semi-final appearance at Wuhan, China on Saturday (April 29).

“Overall really improved performance this month (April 2018 ) .. with two gold medals in commonwealth games team championships and individuals. #goldcoast #australia and another one bronze medal at the Asian championships.. #Wuhan #China,” she wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

London Olympic bronze medallist Saina lost to Chinese Taipei top seed Tai Tzu Ying 25-27, 19-21 in 45 minutes in the semi-final in China.

Following her ninth consecutive win against Saina, Tai has taken a 11-5 lead in the head-to-head record against the Indian.

Saina said that she needs to get better in order to beat world No.2 Tai.

“I gave my best in the semi-finals against Tai Tzu Ying (Chinese Taipei) .. but she was really good at last .. have to work more harder to beat the best girl at the moment .. #badmintonasiachampionship2018 #Wuhan #Bronze medal.Thank u all for the love and wishes,” she wrote on Facebook.

Saina also thanked her physio Christopher Pedra and Mumbai’s Kokilaben Hospital where she underwent knee surgery in August 2016, a few days after the Rio Olympics.

“Superb off court sessions and rehab sessions with this man for the last two months .. and the results are impressive I would like to thank him for the great work and looking after me so well ..@ChrisPedraPT ( physio) .. big thanks to @KDAHMumbai for the support #Bronzemedal.”

(Agencies)

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