India’s Ace badminton player Saina Nehwal, who recently resumed her training after undergoing a major knee surgery, gave an interview on November 2 where she said that for many people her career is already over, and deep inside she has her doubts as well.
“Many people will think my career will end and I won’t come back. I also think somewhere deep in my heart that maybe it is the end of my career, so let’s see how it is. Maybe, you never know.”
Nehwal, who is just 26-years old, has set her eyes for a return at the China Super Series Premier which will start on November 15.
But, it seems that her recent injury has taken a toll on her and left her feeling that her badminton career might be coming to an early end.
Saina, who during Rio Olympics had suffered a major knee injury, was bed-ridden for weeks post surgery that took place on August 20.
It was only recently that she returned to training, though, she is yet to regain full fitness.
But despite that fact that she is not 100% yet, Saina is not giving up hope and says she wants to work hard to sustain her career and thus at present is not thinking about winning or losing.
It also seems that being in the limelight for the past few years has left her feeling a bit pressured, as she adds that she will be “happy” if people think that she is finished.
“I will be more than happy if people think I am finished, it is nice in a way, people think a lot about me, maybe now they won’t. I am going to think about the next one year, it is year by year now, I am not going to set a target for the next 5-6 years now”.
Nehwal, during Rio Olympics, had suffered an infrapatellar spur displaced fracture and patellar tendon impingement in her right knee.
Broken bone of my knee 😳😳 pic.twitter.com/lSBCrVXcJL
— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) August 21, 2016
Both these injuries were quite severe and the doctors had to perform immediate surgery to help her.
For nearly two months post surgery, Nehwal was in rehabilitation under physiotherapist Heath Matthews and it was only a week back that she resumed her regular training under her coach Vimal Kumar.