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I’ll play China Open after consulting Matthews: Saina

 Agencies |  2016-10-26 23:13:18.0  |  Bengaluru

Back to training after going through a rigorous rehabilitation process, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal today said she is working hard to make a return at the China Super Series Premier but will take a call only after consulting her physio Heath Matthews.

“My name is there. My physio (Matthews) feels I can do it, and I’ll accordingly decide on playing in the China Super Series Premier. I have two-and-half weeks more to see how well I move in the court and how better I recover,” Saina told reporters on the sidelines of the launch of apparel brand Kaira’s 13th showroom here. 

The former World No.1 had to undergo surgery for her knee injury which had affected her progress at the Rio Olympics.

The 26-year-old had lost her second group match against Ukraine’s Maria Ulitina to crash out of the mega event.China Super Series Premier will be held from November 15-20 and Hong Kong Open Super Series from November 22-27. Saina said it was not easy to recover from injury as she had to spend six to seven hours on rehab every day. 

“It was not easy task for me as I had to work six to seven hours only on rehab. It is a boring thing to do it again and again, but had to do to strengthen my knee. I’m happy that I crossed that stage now and I am back in the court, and definitely it will improve,” said the London Games bronze medallist. 

Replying to a query, Saina said it was a heartbreaking moment for her to not able to compete at her best at the Rio Olympics due to the injury. “Actually it takes four months for a player to recover from injury, but I have come back in two and half months, and I could do that because of my physio Keith Mathews, so big thanks to him,” she said. 

“If my game is okay I need not have to worry. I’m looking forward to get back into shape and be fit enough.” 

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