''Her main weapon is her physical fitness. She is mentally very strong and she also hates to lose,'' said Pradeep. There have been times in her career, when she went a few tournaments without titles, but she remained unscathed. It was her strong character, which got the better out of her. The game takes a toll on the mental level as well, but if she can maintain the physical and her mental level, she has the ability to play for another three to four years.
Things are gradually changing for Indian badminton as well. Earlier, there were very few players, who earned a name in the international circuit, but presently, there are a number of Indians who are plying their trade in the international arena, hoping to emulate Saina's success. One name, which instantly comes to one's mind is PV Sindhu, who has been earning a good name in the international circuit, in spite of her age, 19 years. She is the next big thing for Indian badminton. Would she be as successful as Sania? It remains to be seen, but she has the talent and the potential to succeed.
With quality players (both men and women) coming up in India, there is a great hope amongst the badminton fraternity that India will reach the level of countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia and China, who dominate world badminton. Pradeep remains hopeful for the future as he said, ''Look at the progress Indian badminton players have been making in the recent years. Even in international grand prix events, we have our Indian players reaching quarters and etc. These are good signs for Indian badminton.''
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