Pullela Gopichand and I have buried our past differences, says Saina Nehwal

Saina Nehwal

Earlier on Monday, there was a buzz over ace shuttler Saina Nehwal rejoining the Pullela Gopichand Academy after a gap of three long years.

She further said that at this stage of her career, she feels Gopichand could be the right coach to help her achieve her goals.

"I have trained her for the last 10 years".

The London Olympics bronze medallist, who had suffered a slight thigh strain en route to winning a bronze at the recently-concluded World Championship, had discussed about her intention with chief national coach Gopichand and her current coach Vimal Kumar. "I'm very happy to be back home and train in Hyderabad...keep supporting friends".

Saina said she has started playing in Hyderabad from yesterday, but because she has some pain in her leg, she will start full training from September 7.

"In the physical training aspects, Saina has slightly failed in my opinion", Vimal told ESPN in Bengaluru. Saina had secured world No.1 spot, won two World Championship medals and also reached the All England final under Vimal's guidance. In 2011, she started training with Bhaskar Babu but returned to Gopi in three months. "I am hopeful that I can help her to do well", Gopichand said.

PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal pose with World Championship medals. Saina and Sindhu are special girls, and if they are able to get even better, we should provide them those opportunities.

However, it is not the first time that Saina had left Gopichand.

Moreover, from one potential men champion in Parupalli Kashyap, the Academy now boasts of proven materials like Kidambi Srikanth, M Sai Praneeth and HS Prannoy. Vimal points to the "equally grueling" tennis circuit as an example, where several players over the age of 30 continue to have success because they have "found ways to stay in good physical shape" and advises Saina to aspire to the same. He changed their training regimen, and made them faster, more flexible and fitter.

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