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Tennis would suit me better

Tennis would suit me better

Pioneering Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal recently reflected on her career and suggested that tennis might have been a better fit. Speaking at a lecture called ‘Her Story–My Story’ at Rashtrapati Bhawan, Nehwal admitted: ‘Sometimes I think it would have been good if my parents had let me play tennis.’

Nehwal is celebrated as the first Indian woman shuttler to be ranked world number one and the first to win an Olympic medal. Despite these achievements, she considered the financial prospects and her physical potential in tennis over badminton. “There is more money and I had more strength, I think I could have done better in tennis,” she added.

At 34, Nehwal has inspired many, but she herself had no role models growing up. “When I started, I had no role models to look up to,” she said. She urged young people, especially girls, to consider a career in sports, stressing the need for more competitive athletes.

(Disclaimer: With input from authorities.)