Vimal Kumar has labored extensively with Saina Nehwal. The previous nationwide champion and Olympian was Saina’s coach when she turned world No. 1 in 2015.
Former nationwide badminton champion and coach U Vimal Kumar believes Saina Nehwal is at the moment going by way of the hardest part of her profession and faces a troublesome street forward to arrest the stoop.
Vimal Kumar was India’s nationwide badminton champion in 1988 and 1989. He has additionally represented India on the 1992 Barcelona Video games. After hanging up his taking part in boots, Vimal Kumar served as India’s nationwide chief coach for a number of years.
At present the director of the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy, Kumar has labored extensively with 2012 London bronze medallist Saina Nehwal throughout her youth.
He additionally coached Saina from 2014 to 2017 – a interval which noticed the Indian badminton ace change into world No. 1 in girls’s singles.
“Saina goes by way of the hardest part of her profession. Issues haven’t been going effectively for her for the previous couple of years. She wants confidence to get going and the final she had a great outcome was in 2019 on the Indonesia Masters,” Vimal Kumar advised the IANS.
In actual fact, the Indonesia Masters in January 2019 was the final time Saina Nehwal managed to win a professional badminton match.
She has did not make a single last since then. The lengthy COVID-enforced break in 2020 wasn’t form to the Indian badminton participant both as she had a bout with the coronavirus.
Upon her return to aggressive badminton on the two Thailand Opens this month, the Indian shuttler did not impress. Saina Nehwal was knocked out within the second spherical on the Yonex Thailand Open and exited within the first spherical itself on the Toyota Thailand Open.
“Shedding extra matches like this may have an effect on her confidence. It isn’t solely simply bodily, there are a variety of psychological elements at play as effectively. She is a robust lady, however these outcomes can have an effect on her,” Kumar mentioned.
“It isn’t going to be simple for her to bounce again. She did not look very match to me. Possibly after the COVID concern and all she remains to be recovering from it,” he added.
As a result of stoop, Saina Nehwal, who’s accustomed to being within the prime 10 in BWF women’s singles rankings, has slipped all the way down to No. 20.
Within the Race to Tokyo Rankings – which determines qualification to the Tokyo Olympics in July-August – Saina is positioned fifteenth whereas fellow Indian ace PV Sindhu is ranked seventh.
With the qualification window for Tokyo resuming with the Swiss Open from March 2, Saina might want to enhance her kind drastically to make the minimize for Tokyo.
“The subsequent one or one-and-a-half months will decide her probabilities. The subsequent five-six weeks will likely be key and provides us an thought,” Vimal Kumar said.