Saina Nehwal winning momentum continues here in Jakarta as well. I was flipping through channels and suddenly switched on to Neo Sports, what a luck!! They were showing live streaming of Indonesia final. Saina was taking on Chinese Li Xuerei and the game was just about to start.
In the opening game Saina was not moving well or may be Li was hitting too many smashes which Indian wasn’t able to respond well and in return hitting on the net or outside the court.
In the second game she came with extra energy and played some excellent drop shots and smashed the shuttle quiet a few times. That surely gave her confidence but when she was on the verge of winning the second game and up 18-14, she conceded 6 consecutive points and had 2 championship points against her but again came back strongly and win the game by 22-20.
Third game was really intense. Score was moving like 1-1 5-5 11-11 and even 19-19. But Li’s return on net made me rose from the chair and clapping hard for her. Loved that moment!!
22 years old won the third game by 21-19 and thus winning her 3rd Indonesian title that went little more than an hour. That was Sain’s 2nd title in just 2 weeks, what a player she is and from where she gets that energy and motivation to do well all the times.
There is never a prouder feeling for me than and Indian flag flying high on the foreign soil. Crowd was ecstatic so was me. All credit to Saina and Pulela Gopichand.
5th seed words after winning the title "It was a really, really tough and I love the crowd here. It's really nice here. Whenever I enter the court, I feel like a champion here,"
It was a battle for Saina against an opponent to whom she had lost four times and won just once. So she wad a lot more to prove and once against a Chinese. Now we have started winning against Chinese and that is surely a good sign for the younger players who aspire to make big names for themselves in the future. Saina beat Chinese in QF Korean in SF and Chinese Li here in big final as well. Truly a class act!!
Now I hope politicians and administrative staff doesn’t start playing politics with her’s game as well what they played against Mahesh Bhupati. They put so much effort and give their best to reach to that level so we must respect their choices as well before making any final decision.
Happy Father's Day!!