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Beijing experience will help me in London: Saina Nehwal

LONDON: India’s ace shuttler Saina Nehwal, who made a rousing start to her Olympic campaign on Sunday, reckons that the 2008 Beijing Olympics experience will be of great help in this edition of the sporting extravaganza.

Saina Nehwal

“It’s a dream for every player to take part in the Olympics. I’m happy with the way I’m playing but we’ll just have to wait and see,” said Nehwal who defeated Switzerland’s Sabrina Jaquet in her first singles match of Group E.On her contrasting Olympic Games experiences, she said “It’s been good. It’s my second Olympics and last time I was only 18 years old. Now people expect a lot because I’m the fourth seed so it’s been difficult.”There is a lot of pressure on her to deliver a medal for India and Saina said she was prepared to slog it out to achieve that goal.On how she coped up with the pressure, the Hyderabadi shuttler said: “It’s not too bad now that the first match is out of the way. In the first game I was very nervous. It was a good match. I just need to focus and be ready for anything.”Speaking about her experience of playing at the Wembley Arena, she said: “Sometimes there are drafts in stadiums but there is none here. The crowd is lovely and very supportive.””Here in London I’m happy because I’ve performed well here in the past but it’s a little cold which was difficult for me.” PTI

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