Is it the end of the road for Saina with her non-qualification for the Olympics
Saina hasn’t been in the best of form from the year 2019 where she only managed to reach the final of the Indonesia Open 2019.
London Olympics 2012 bronze medalist Saina Nehwal was not able to qualify for the Tokyo 2021 Olympics supposed to be held later this year. The 31-year-old was failing to make ends meet in her last few tournaments and with the cancellation of the last three qualifying tournaments- the India Open. Malaysia Open and Singapore Open her doors closed even more.
Saina hasn’t been in the best of form from the year 2019 where she only managed to reach the final of the Indonesia Open 2019. The 31-year-old is struggling to find a way out against most of the players in terms of her consistency, agility, footwork, and speed.
After winning the bronze at London 2012, she went on to reach the World No.1 spot in the year 2015, then in the very next year with the Olympics to come, she was also one of the favorites to finish with a medal at Rio but a shin injury forced her to withdraw from the quadrennial tournament.
However, coming back from the injury she came against all the odds where she won the Commonwealth Games in 2018, and in the same year, she also won the Asian Games bronze medal.
Saina continued her form and finished on the podium for the last time at the Indonesia Open 2019 and since then it wasn’t as good as before for her. In the following year, she made several early-round exits and her rankings fell considerably.
Saina has seemed to lose all her momentum and with her age being 31 right now, is it the time for her to finally call it a day. It would be very difficult for her to stay in the required shape if she looks to focus on the next Olympics as her aging would demand a lot of fitness.