Let Saina be
None of this was achieved by taking the easy route — playing the lesser tournaments, picking easy rivals or easier points.
Why then, should the World No 3 be expected to make an exception for the India GP Gold at Lucknow, a Level 3 meet where the next best seeded women’s singles players are ranked 23, 24 and 36 in the world? Why the subtle pressure to make a reluctant appearance when the knee’s showing heavy strapping and could do with some downtime? Why pour guilt and scorn on her for turning up for a sponsors’ event where she needs to smile at most and give a polite speech, which is vastly different from bounding around on a court playing five matches? Why the moral outrage over her booking tickets to Hyderabad in advance — the most inane bit of snooping-around done by officials and presented as conclusive evidence of some sort of guilt?
The only three people Nehwal ought to be answerable to on the very crucial matter of tournament scheduling are her physio Kiran Challangunda, coach P Gopichand, and herself.
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