He further added, “If Nehwal wins either the World championship or the All England Open Badminton Championships, then we may consider her to be the best Indian to have ever played the sport.” He calls these tournaments to be tough competition for players, where the top ranked players come and play.
But, a former Indian player, Pradeep Gandhe, says, “Comparison is not right between players, genders are also different.” If we look at the number of titles that they won, Saina would stand at the top, but it is not always about titles. One also has to understand about the external factors too. Pradeep compares earlier playing days with Siana's present days, where there are lot of exposure for Indian players. It was not the same during their time. Finance had been a major issue, but it is different now.
He says, “The Government of India has given its full support towards this sport now,” and added that many Indian players are also seen playing at various competitions around the world, which was not the case earlier.
One has to agree that Saina's approach to the game is an aggressive one compared to the players of yesteryears, who took a defensive approach, but yet effective. “Saina has an all round game, which includes a very good net game along with her smashes. Her fitness on the court is one of the best in the circuit”. At the same time Pradeep also agrees and says, “Saina has graduated herself to the elite list of badminton players. She has already become a legend.”
Credit must go to Saina for popularisiing the sport in India, where cricket is considered to be a religion. She has made a mark in the World badminton circuit in the women's arena. Even the Chinese fear her for her skills. Raval says, it might be very difficult for any Indian girl in the future to achieve what Saina has achieved till date.
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