Saina aiming for top spot

Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal has a new lofty ambition on the heels of the China Open victory earlier this month.

Nehwal has revealed that she is aiming to be the number one player in the world after climbing to the number four spot with her win at the China Open. The top women shuttlers in the world are Chinese, Li Xuerui, Wang Shixian and Wang Yihan are numbers one, two and three respectively.

The 24-year-old said: "I am happy that, from world number nine to I reached world number four with three titles. Now, I am hoping to do well in the Dubai Super Series final next month.

"I will try my best. World Number One is a target obviously everyone wants to achieve. But it is not easy as the other Chinese are also strong. So, I would just keep working hard and you never know anything can happen.

"I reached world number four, so, hopefully, would like to win some more tournaments and would like to give my best. It is not going to be easy, but, I am going to work very hard for that."

She also tried to shut down further discussion about her decision to switch coaches from Pullela Gopichand to Vimal Kumarl.

Nehwal said: "I think it is done now. I am training there and achieving. I think people should think about me getting more medals for the country and not thinking about what I am doing, where I am training. That's not really they have to worry about. They have to just think about how I should win tournaments and how I perform. Practice is my problem and I will take care of it very well. It's not that much of an issue. 

"When I was in Hyderabad for the last one year, I was not very happy with my performance in 2013 when I did not win a single title. I was feeling that I was getting stuck somewhere. I wanted to do something different and see if I can improve. In the world championship also, I felt that, with Li Xurei I was not very comfortable. Vimal sir was there with me in world championships. He thought, maybe, I should improve in some areas. I thought, may be, I should try out with him for some days. 

"Obviously, it's not easy to shift from someone you have been training for so many years."