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Saina Nehwal said- I could have done better if I played tennis: talked to people at Rashtrapati Bhavan, played badminton with the President a day before

Saina Nehwal said- I could have done better if I played tennis: talked to people at Rashtrapati Bhavan, played badminton with the President a day before


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Saina Nehwal gave a speech at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday. During this, she also interacted with fans.

India’s badminton star Saina Nehwal feels that if she had played tennis instead of badminton, she could have performed better as a player. Saina said this while talking to people in a lecture organized during the ‘Her Story-My Story’ series at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday.

Saina said- ‘Sometimes I think it would have been better if my parents had put me into tennis. There is more money in it and I feel I was stronger. I could have done better in tennis than badminton.’

34-year-old Saina has had a great career as a badminton player. She is the first Indian woman player to achieve the number-1 ranking and is also the country’s first female badminton player to win an Olympic medal in this sport. She was seen playing badminton with President Draupadi Murmu a day earlier. The President himself posted some photos of this match.

Badminton star Saina Nehwal taking a selfie with fans during an event at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Badminton star Saina Nehwal taking a selfie with fans during an event at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

He took up racket at the age of 8
Saina Nehwal started playing badminton at the age of 8. She has inspired many to take up badminton. But when she started playing badminton, she had no role model.
Saina said, ‘When I started, there was no one to tell me – ‘I want to become the number one player in the world or I want to become an Olympic medalist.’ I had not seen anyone doing this in badminton.

China wins 60-70 medals, we get only 3-4
Saina said- ‘I always tell children to focus on sports. China wins 60-70 medals and we get only three or four medals. There are so many doctors and engineers and their names do not appear in newspapers.’
Saina said, ‘I would especially ask girls to come forward and start getting fit and join sports. Now we are there for the children, they have world number one, Olympic champion and so many medal winners for inspiration.’ Talking about her career, she said that her hard work compensated for the lack of talent.

I am not such a talented player, I like to work hard
Saina said- ‘I like to work hard, I was not such a talented player. I had to work very hard. If a talented player did something 100 times, then I had to do it 1000 times. But I like to work hard. My coaches like my never-say-die spirit.’

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