December 16 was only date free to get married: Saina Nehwal

PUNE: Saina Nehwal stored a secret for 10 years. And now that the inside track of her marriage with fellow shuttler Parupalli Kashyap is out, she doesn't thoughts sharing the details herself.

Talking to TOI solely, the London Olympics bronze medallist mentioned it is the right time for her to get married. Rather, December 16 is the one day in her busy calendar, when she can tie the knot with Kashyap.

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"I will get busy with the Premier Badminton League from December 20 and then qualifiers for the Tokyo Games will begin. So this was the only date that we had to get married," Saina, 28, mentioned in Pune.

Although the announcement in their marriage got here handiest closing month, Saina mentioned her relationship with Kashyap goes again to 2007.

"We started travelling for bigger tours from 2007-08 onwards. We played tournaments together, trained together and slowly, started paying more attention to each other's matches. In the competitive world that we live in, it is difficult to get close to someone. But somehow we both found it very easy to talk to each other, talk about our matches. The feeling gradually grew," the Jakarta Asian Games bronze medallist mentioned.

"But we didn't think about marriage before. The career that we pursue is very demanding. It is very important to win tournaments and we didn't want to shift our focus by getting married earlier. A player needs treatment and attention just like a baby. At home, I get everything without asking, but this will change once I get married. I will be equally responsible of doing things on my own. I didn't want to rush things before the CWG and Asian Games. But now, we think we are ready for it and can manage things on our own," she added.

Kashyap has been helping Saina along with her training. "We keep pushing each other. He is actively playing. But now he is getting into coaching so that he can help me."

Saina mentioned she did not have to wreck the inside track to her oldsters about Kashyap, as they already knew.

" Bolne ki zaroorat nahi padi (I did not have to tell them). We used to be together most of the time and my oldsters additionally travelled with me, in order that they understood who I was with regards to and happy with even after my losses," she smiled.

It has been almost over a decade that Saina has been playing within the international circuit. She has gained medals at almost all large stages, however even now, she faces complaint after her defeats.

"Even I criticize people. I say that Shah Rukh didn't do well in this movie or Aamir Khan was not up to the mark. Criticism is part of life. I only have my racket to talk for me. My job is to work hard and win matches. More than people's criticism, it is my own self that doesn't let me sleep after my defeats. It is so difficult to digest defeats," the first Indian girls to develop into international No. 1 admitted.

Saina was once all reward for PV Sindhu and mentioned comparisons along with her academy-mate handiest pushes her to work more difficult.

"We both play at international level and more than each other, we have other challengers to deal with. I am glad that she is playing well, as it pushes me too win more. Challenges and rivalry grow when two people are playing well equally in one sport. So I don't get bothered by the comparisons," Saina mentioned. "I also don't keep a track of others' matches, as I have time only to look after my own preparation. She has been managing her opponents well; I am also trying to find ways to tackle my opponents."


When asked who does she to find tricky to handle, she mentioned, "Tai (Tzu Ying), Carolina (Marin) and Akane (Yamaguchi) are a little tough for me at the moment. I want to work more to improve myself in handling them."


Out of the three, Tai has stricken each Saina and Sindhu the most. "It is very difficult to decode Tai. She has so many variations. She has a shot for every situation and you have to be really fit to have answers for those shots. She has shots even when she is in trouble. To beat her, you have to be super fit, like how at the moment Carolina is, retrieving all the shots, catching it really high. You have to really make Tai scare of playing those shots, which is not easy. At her best, she can beat anyone below 10 also. She is a player, who is beyond strategies, I feel," Saina mentioned.


Though she is taking a look to work her methods around Tai's sport, Saina mentioned it isn't simple given the hectic international time table the gamers were following lately.


"Every player has one or two opponents to worry about. If I am troubled by Tai or Carolina, I can beat Ratchanok (Intanon), who is a very good player and can beat Tai. But you don't get time to decode your challenger because of the hectic schedule," she mentioned.
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