Saina Nehwal on Wednesday said the setbacks of an injury-marred 2013 are now firmly behind her.
“I was a little disappointed. Obviously, everyone gets disappointed when you play at such high level and suddenly you see yourself not doing so well. I think there were a lot of factors. There was a toe fracture, which I never expected would happen at such a time,” Saina said.
“But, after the Super Series finals, I thought may be I should take a break and not really hurry up. Because, this year is going to be very tough with the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games are coming up,” she said.
“So, Gopi sir (national coach P Gopichand) and I decided that I better skip the Korea Open and take a break for four weeks and come back strong for Malaysia and India Open. I think the time of four weeks really helped us to prepare for these two tournaments,” she added.
Saina said her results will depend a lot on her fitness in the months to come.
“I got lot of time (during the four weeks) to work on my movements and strokes. I was thinking that I would do well. It is special that within four weeks of training, I won such a big tournament. I think now it would only get better if I keep on training the same way,” she said.