Saina Nehwal once again proved her ability silencing all her critics. Recovering from a knee injury, which could have been finished her career, she came back with dominating performances.
She defeated Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand in straight sets 22-20, 22-20 to win to Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold Final at Sarawak, Malaysia.
Saina Nehwal got away from the limelight of Rio Olympics in the very earlier stage due to her injury, while her compatriot PV Sindhu created history with indomitable fight and won the silver medal as a first woman on behalf of Indian Badminton.
But the Hyderabadi shuttler came back to action within 3 months of the ‘surgery setback’. Though she had to face early exists and missed out the qualifying mark for ‘Dubai World Superseries Finals’. Saina told that the coaches did not expect her to start so early after having gone through a surgery. Usually a sportsperson take six weeks after rehab to start with perfect fitness. But, this time, Saina made it after 3 weeks.
Saina needed to workout more to win the main diversion. Chochuwong was only five points far from winning the 1st game, Saina played a variety of cross court smashes to get the control of the game. After getting equal points at 19-19, Saina started to finish the game.
Saina Nehwal’s Thai opponent took an early 3-0 lead in the 2nd game, and then Saina took over into the game by forcing her to play with long rallies. Chochuwong also kept the pressure on her Indian opponent throughout the game. Saina, even at her game point, Chochuwong forced her to take away 3 consecutive points and made it 20-20. But, hold her nerves and finished her exciting final game.