Thailand Open title shows Saina Nehwal is one of India’s best bets at London Olympics

Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has once again showed the reason why she is considered to be India’s best chance to win a medal in the upcoming London Olympics. Saina who struggled in the past two seasons has started to get his feet back and has played tremendously well in 2012.

Saina on Sunday defeated Ratchanok Inthanon from Thailand to win the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold title. This is Saina’s second title of the year as she won Swiss Open in March 2012. With Olympics closing in, Saina has got back to her winning ways and the way she is playing it looks like that she will be a force in London.

Saina has achieved a lot of things for her age as she became the first Indian women badminton player to have reached the quarterfinals in the Olympics; she is also the first Indian to win World Junior Badminton Championship. She also became the first Indian player to win Super Series tournament when she won the Indonesian Open. She didn’t stop at that as she won the Singapore Open in 2010, and was once rated number three in the world.

Saina is peeking at the right time and the whole world specially the Chinese will be keeping an eye on her.  There are a lot of things that are falling in places for her. Let’s discuss some of the abilities that Saina possesses that will take her a long way in Olympics.

Saina has the ability to raise her game in big events. She announced her arrival at the international badminton arena back in 2006 Commonwealth Games, Melbourne where she won the bronze medal. But World actually knew what Saina is made of when she made it to the fourth round of her first Olympics held in Beijing. And after that there was nothing that could stop her and she went on win many international tournament, including 2008 Chinese Taipei Open Grand Prix Gold, 2008 BWF World Junior Championships 2010 Commonwealth Games, 2011 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold amongst others. And if records are to be believed, then it seriously does make her a serious prospect for India in upcoming 2012 London Olympics.

She has been quite consistent since the time she started playing. She went little off her shine last year but her Swiss Open win is definitely helped her bury her past agonies and does mark the arrival of her purple patch. And now when she has claimed the Thailand open as well she looks to have gained the lost momentum back.

She is a very dedicated individual, even when she is not playing the game or relaxing, Olympics is still at the back of her mind. Saina has achieved a lot and a player of her nature has a kind of robust and arrogant nature. But she is completely a different entity all together and is open to take cues from others and accept her mistakes. This virtue has been one of the major reasons for her success and remains the same would continue to help during the Olympics as well.

By Indian Sports News Network