Former coach of Saina Nehwal, Vimal Kumar believes state that Saina Nehwal is mentally the toughest shuttler in the country and the ability to overcome injuries is the key to her longevity. Saina had suffered a shin injury late last year, won the Indonesia Masters last Sunday after the withdrawal of Carolina Marin from the summit clash due to a leg injury. Her former coach Vimal has also backed the Indian ace to win the coveted All England Championship in March.
Vimal said that "She is definitely mentally the toughest, even he will give her edge over the men's players, she is much tougher than all of them,". Vimal Kumar is former India coach, under whom Saina attained the World No. 1 ranking in 2015. Vimal feels Indian duo of Saina and P V Sindhu will have a great chance to end India's wait for an All England title.
He said as "It (Indonesia win) will give Saina a lot of confidence and can help her in All England Championship, she can target that,". Saina, who will turn 29 in March, is currently the oldest player in the top ten and Vimal said it is important for the Indian to train smart to stay at the top of her game.
Saina had suffered her knee injury at the Rio Olympics and needed surgery and rigorous physiotherapy to return to the sport. The London Olympics bronze medallist returned to win the Malaysia Masters in 2017, her last BWF title before she ended the two year wait by clinching the Indonesia Masters last week.