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Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal pulls out of Japan Open

Thursday, 29 May 2014 - 6:15am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

Uber Cup stress forces Indian badminton ace to miss the tournament

The Indian Uber Cup team's blood and sweat might have won them bronze in the tournament but it took a toil on their body which forced Saina Nehwal to pull out from the $250,000 Japan Open Super Series to be held in Tokyo from June 10-15.

“We trained really hard for Uber Cup. The tournament drained us out completely,” said Saina, who was here for a promotional event.

“I would like to take some time out and practice a bit more so that I can be at my best for the Indonesia Open Series,” she added.

Even though the Uber Cup team lost in the semifinal to Japan, it was a historic moment for the country as the team earned a bronze medal. Saina, who led from the front, felt the team's good show in the tournament has been inspiring. “Facing Japan wasn't easy. We had home support but we were under pressure. Nobody thought we could reach the semis, therefore this medal is special for us,” said the 24-year-old who also had a stint with doubles though she confessed she wasn't that confident.

Talking about a sportsperson's engagement with endorsements, she added: “Endorsing in brands does not affect a player's career until they are capable of coping up with both the world.

“If a player is good looking, they will surely get many endorsements. One doesn't get enough money just by playing for the country. If the brand gives you sufficient money, then why not?” she added.

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