Saina Nehwal has shown that she always takes challenges head on. On 18 February 2009, her first match in the All England Open against fourth seeded Pi Hongyan of France resulted in a draw, however, she played amazingly well and that too against a player who is known for her lethal moves.During the Interview, a cheerful Saina admitted that she was very happy about her performance as Hongyan was a very tough player and she was positive of advancing forward in the tournament.
She went on to say that she wanted to win the All England Open desperately, however, if she can’t do it this year, she would be game for it the next season. A tough match in the beginning is always a confidence booster.
She decided to give a skip to the National Championship being held in Indore to give her injured shoulder some rest and to focus on the Super Series which will be held in Birmingham from March 3-8 2009.
Saina has always maintained that playing fourth seeded Hongyan is an ardous task owing to her fast moves and drastic smashes.
However the Indian Government hasn’t kept its promises for the young player. She still hasn’t received her cash prize for the Beijing Olympics that was due for her performance. We might lose out on promising players like Saina who might just fall out of the international circuit owing to lack of funds and sponsors.
The 19 year old junior world champion trails the 30-year-old Frenchwoman 1-4, with the lone win coming at the Super Series Masters Finals in Malaysia last December.
Saina refuses to be over confident when it comes to playing Hongyan, who she considers her toughest competitor. But at the same time, she is optimistic and adopts a positive approach to life.