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I knew I could beat Li and win: Saina

She has proved her mettle on the court defeating world number 3 Li Xuerui in Indonesia, winning the Super Series Premier title. Saina Nehwal spoke from Indonesia about success, Sania Mirza and her marriage plans.

Saina Nehwal

This is your third Indonesia Open title in four years, how does it feel?I did my best to win the title and I’m thankful to God for my success. I’m grateful to my coach Gopi Chand as well. He made me go through a gruelling training regime to prepare me fully before I faced the Chinese champion. Also, my parents had a lot of faith in me and I am indebted to them for that.What was on your mind when you beat Li Xuerui of China? Did you keep thinking that she is world number 3 during the match?It was a wonderful experience to win over Li. Can’t tell you really how satisfied I am after the match. However, I was very confident even before the match started. Somehow, I believed that I can beat her. Nothing else came to my mind then.And what was on your mind when you entered the court?There was just one thought on my mind. I had to defeat Li and that’s all I cared about at that point of time.Who was the first person you called after the win?I was really touched with all the support and cheering that the Indonesian crowd showered me with. It was just like playing back home. I thanked the crowd from the bottom of my heart. After that, I got a lot of calls from my family and friends – all congratulating me on my victory.How are you preparing for the London Olympics?We have our eyes firmly set on the goal. We are doing our best and really going that extra mile with Gopi Chand Sir always pushing us. We will follow his training schedule more meticulously and then hope for the best in London.The media still treats Sania Mirza as the queen although you have achieved much more than her. Do you ever feel bad about it?Such thoughts never cross my mind. She is also a gem and all Indians are proud of her. I too am very fond of her.Will you settle down and get married after London?(Laughs) Why are guys always asking this? What’s the big hurry? I will settle down when the time is right.

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