'Marriage Has Been A Lucky Charm As Everything Is Falling In Place': Saina Nehwal

| February 5 , 2019 , 18:55 IST

India's star shuttler, who recently won the Indonesia Masters, her first title in two years, said it won't be wrong to call marriage her "lucky charm".

Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap tied the knot in a private ceremony in Hyderabad on December 14th 2018.

Saina told IANS in an interview here."Everything is falling in place. It's like a dream run. I never thought that after marriage, I would go on to win my first title after two years, which I was really hoping for."

"It has been long since I won my Super Series title, but I was happy that I could reach one semi-final and one final after that... Unfortunately, Carolina Marin had to retire after the injury but I think I was quite lucky to win the tournament," she added.

Saina has often been lauded for being mentally tough -- a compliment recently paid to her by her former coach Vimal Kumar. "Thank you to Vimal sir for saying that, but I know it since my childhood. I used to fight matches and win them, and it's all because of my fighting spirit. Mentally, I am a little stronger, and that has been one of my specialities."

"I'm not someone with great stroke qualities, but I have to learn them," Saina said, adding that facing injuries and yet being strong is a part and parcel of every sportsperson's life," she added.

She further said, "there is no shortcut in sports. An injury is part of a sportsperson's life. We have to be patient and go with the flow. We should make sure we have good training and be fitter. Rest is not in our hands."

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The Hyderabadi shuttler, who is set to compete in the prestigious All England Championships from March 6 to 10, knows where she needs to up her game.

"I have to be very careful in tough situations because, in bigger tournaments, I have to fight it and overcome it. The last time I lost in the All England Badminton final was in 2015."