Saina keen to break home jinx with Games victory

first_imgSaina Nehwal will be hoping that she is able to break the jinx of not winning a major title in front of her home fans. Blame it on pressure, but truth is she has not won a major tournament in India.This was evident during the 2009 world championships in Hyderabad where she lost in the quarter-finals, casting doubts on her ability to win at home.On Thursday, she has a chance to redeem herself and become the first Indian woman shuttler to win gold at the Commonwealth Games as she takes on Wong Mew Chew of Malaysia in the women’s final.On the eve of one of the most important matches of her life, Saina played down the pressure angle. “There’s pressure, no doubt about that. For this is going to be one of the biggest finals I have competed in.But I am prepared for it. Nothing less than a win is going to satisfy me,” Saina said after an extended practice session in the morning at the venue. Saina also seemed satisfied with her form in the championships.”I am happy with the way I am playing. There is a slight drift inside the hall but I am used to it now.” Chief coach Pullela Gopi Chand said this was going to be a test of Saina’s mental toughness.”I feel the time has come for her to come out and win this big one at home. I feel she is going to do it this time,” Gopi Chand said. Saina’s has beaten Wong four times this year and there’s no reason why she can’t do so on Thursday.advertisementHer most recent win came at the mixed team championships final in which the Indian won after losing the opener. But Saina did not attach much importance to that match. “I think there is no point in dwelling upon matches that are over.Each and every match is a new one. She is a very gritty player. I will have to play the waiting game against her,” she said.Kashyap bags bronzePeriapalli Kashyap won the men’s singles bronze defeating compatriot Chetan Anand 21-15, 21-18. The 24-year old Kashyap was clearly the better player as he dominated with his powerful smashes and brilliant net play.last_img