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Saina Nehwal Decides to Reunite With Gopichand

Saina Nehwal has reunited with her former coach Pullela Gopichand and has decided to shift base to Hyderabad for training immediately.

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Updated:September 4, 2017, 5:48 PM IST
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Saina Nehwal Decides to Reunite With Gopichand
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Saina Nehwal has reunited with her former coach Pullela Gopichand and has decided to shift base to Hyderabad for training immediately.

Nehwal took to Twitter to make the big announcement in a series of Tweets, saying: 'For a while I've been thinking about moving my training base back to the Gopichand academy and I had a discussion about this with Gopi sir and I am really thankful to him for agreeing to help me again . At this stage in my career I think he can help me achieve my goals. I'm also very thankful to Vimal sir for helping me for the last three years. He helped reach world no.1 in the rankings.And also helped me win two world championships medal silver in 2015 and bronze in 2017 along with many super series titles.I m very happy to b back home and train in Hyderabad 👍👍keep supporting friends 🙏🙏



















Saina had left Gopichand's academy and started training under Vimal Kumar in Bangalore from September 2014. Under Vimal, Saina reached the world No.1 spot, won two World Championship medals and also reached the All England final.

Saina had maintained distance from Gopichand but it was under him that Saina had became the first Indian shuttler to win a medal (bronze) at the Olympics. The duo were responsible for taking the game to the masses in the country.

Saina returning to Hyderabad has more to do with Mulyo Handoyo, best known for coaching Indonesian legend Taufik Hidayat, who was appointed as a singles coach early this year by the Badminton Association of India (BAI).

Under Mulyo, India has achieved unprecedented success with P V Sindhu returning with a World Championship silver besides winning the India Super Series. Kidambi Srikanth also clinched back-to-back titles at Indonesia and Australia, while B Sai Praneeth won his maiden Super Series at Singapore.

"Saina on her return from the World Championships, asked my opinion on her working with the Indonesian coach, Mr Mulyo, brought in by Sports Authority of India, for looking after the singles players in National camps," Vimal said.

"He is attached with Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad. I had indicated to her that there is no harm at all in her giving it a try," he added.

Vimal said Saina will start training at Gopichand academy after recovering from the injury and it is important to provide every opportunity to the Indian to improve and achieve more laurels for the country.

"Players have a short span at the top and will always be looking at ways to get better. Saina and Sindhu are special girls and if they are able to get even better, we should provide them those opportunities," Vimal said.

"Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy and Gopichand Badminton Academy are recognised training centers of SAI and we at PPBA supported Saina when she needed."
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