first_imgVimal said it was the former world no. ones decision to Vimal said it was the former world no. ones decision to start competing once again after the pain following the surgery had subsided. “She is someone who thrives on competition. She wanted to know where she stands once she did not feel any pain. When she came back (to the Prakash Padukone Academy in Bengaluru after surgery) for training routine she felt tiredness but her leg was holding well,” he said. “She has played some tough players and its the third tournament in a row. She lost in first round and then reached quarterfinals in the second. All these will give her confidence in her climb to the top,” Vimal remarked. “When she says I am okay, its her body. Shes a grown up girl, one of the top players in the world, and knows her body. This I learned from Prakash — to take responsibility. She said she felt good and wanted to compete. “Nothing is going wrong with her leg. I am not worried about end results now. Theres a lot of scope for improvement and she is not yet at that high level to push those top players. The main thing is 4-5 top players are not there (for one reason or another). The top two Chinese women have retired and Li Xuerei is injured. Ratchanok (Intanon) is injured and Carolina is also not there. “Its good for the next line of players to push and she should just think she is in the next line of players,” Vimal elaborated. He, however, brushed aside any suggestion that in hindsight it would have been better had Saina not competed in the Rio Games after feeling some discomfort before the competition commenced in August. “She developed this strain, it was the stiffness of the thigh and she felt it 4-5 days before our departure for the Games. She felt her legs appeared to be heavy. She consulted doctors and they said it was an inflammation of fat pad covering the bone.” According to Vimal, Saina felt stiffness after the first practice session in Rio and wanted to take pain-killing injections and was even looking forward to reaching the quarter-finals before things turned for the worse. (More) PTI SSR RSY CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more