Saina's form a concern: Padukone
Badminton legend Prakash Padukone, still feels the Indian shuttler will soon be back to her best.
New Delhi: Saina Nehwal has set such high standards that even a minor dip in form raises concerns, according to badminton legend Prakash Padukone, who believes the Indian shuttler will soon be back to her winning ways.
The first Indian to win the prestigious All England title in 1980, Padukone said Saina needs to find out where she is going wrong and peak at the right time to realise her dream of winning an Olympic medal next year.
"She needs to see where she is going wrong because the competition is so tough at the top and the other thing is that she has set such high standards for herself that even if she reaches semifinals it looks as if she has not done well," Padukone told PTI.
"Compared to last year, Saina has not performed consistently, so it is a bit of a concern but hopefully she will sort it out with her coach and remain focussed.
"The main thing is to peak at the right time and she has to go through in detail why she has not been performing, what she did last year differently," he added.
Saina had won three Super Series titles - Singapore, Indonesia and Hong Kong - besides winning the Commonwealth Games and India Open Grand Prix gold last year but this year, even though she won the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold and finished runner-up at Malaysia and Indonesia, the Indian ace is yet to win a Super Series title.
The 56-year-old Padukone was also concerned about the Indian men shuttlers who are not doing well enough.
"It is concerning. It is one thing to have one in the top 10 and another to have five in the top 50. Ideally 2-3 players should be in the top 10 because it is easier to reach 20 or 50 by choosing the right tournament and performing reasonably good in some tournament," he said.
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