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Saina Nehwal gunning for top slot this year

Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal, who became the world number 2 last week after a gap of two years, today said she is aiming for the top slot this year.

‘I am working hard and performances are coming. Now that I am number 2, I will definitely reach number 1,’ Saina said.

‘There are so many tournaments this year. Almost 15-20 tournaments. The goal is to perform well in all the events and do well in the World Championships, which is important. World number 1 is also my aim, so hopefully I will achieve it.’

Asked how she keeps herself motivated, the Olympic bronze medallist said, ‘It’s a difficult job to do.

Chinese are really tough to play against. The number one is also Chinese, with almost 12,000 points more than me. It is not easy to become world number one. I will try to do it. Nothing is impossible.

‘I have made many things possible, so I hope I can make this also possible. The amount of hard work which I put in my game is really important. Motivation comes from winning,’ she said.

After creating history last year by winning the bronze medal at the London Olympics, Nehwal said she is carrying the momentum this year too. ‘It was a fantastic year. Won almost five tournaments.’
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