No points to defend at Japan Open and also need time to recover: Saina Nehwal

Regarding the popularity of the IBL vs its richer cricketing cousin, the Indian Premier League (IPL), Saina Nehwal said it was early days to even compare the two despite some similarities in terms of franchise teams and innovations.

updated: September 07, 2013 19:17 IST
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Bangalore: Reiterating her decision to skip the Japan Open Super Series in Tokyo later this month, World No.4 Saina Nehwal said she needs more than two weeks of rest to recover after the hectic Indian Badminton League (IBL) that concluded Aug 31.

"Two weeks are not enough for my body to recover and so I am not playing Japan Open. It will not affect my ranking. I do not have any points to defend since I didn't play there last year also," the 23-year old said here Saturday.

As she deftly defended inevitable questions about her much-hyped matches with India's latest sensation P.V. Sindhu in the IBL, Saina emphasised that her focus was on winning matches for her team, the Hyderabad Hotshots, who went on to emerge champions.

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