Committed too many mistakes in first game: Saina Nehwal
Indian ace Saina Nehwal on Sunday said she lacked patience and committed too many errors, which dashed her dreams of winning the gold medal at the prestigious Badminton World Championships here. World number 2 Saina settled for a silver after going down 16-21 19-21 to her numero uno
nemesis from Spain, Carolina Marin. "Today I didn't play to my best, I could've done better.
Too many mistakes in <g data-gr-id="62">first</g> game. In the second, I had a lead, but points went by very quickly and within no time she was level," Saina said after losing to the All England champion in the title clash. "I could've been more patient then, during those 4-5 points. I had no problems with fitness. Final is more mental than physical. I made one silly error in the second game during a crucial moment.
"In the second set, I was on the slower side. I was trying to make rallies <g data-gr-id="67">happen</g> but the points went very quickly," she added. Saina felt the experience of playing in the final helped defending champion Marin as she could play more freely. "When you have experience of playing a World Cup final, it's easier. She was <g data-gr-id="64">more free</g> and not thinking of winning or losing," she said. "I feel more happy this time, compared to last time. This was more difficult. I had a foot injury last month, I thought I couldn't play. I started playing two weeks ago, just wanted to enjoy the tournament. "I just didn't want to make mistakes when I was down in the second game. I just kept thinking of each point, just wanted to enjoy the final and the crowd," she said.
Indian medal winners in World Badminton
The following are the Indian medal winners at the World Badminton Championships which started in 1977
* Bronze at 1983 Copenhagen: Prakash Padukone (men's singles)
* Bronze at 2011 London: Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa (women's doubles)
* Bronze at 2013 Guangzhou (China): P.V. Sindhu (women's singles)
* Bronze at 2014 Copenhagen: P.V. Sindhu (women's singles)
* Silver at 2015 Jakarta: Saina Nehwal (women's singles)