Hectic schedule, fitness issues affected Saina Nehwal: Gopichand

Pullela Gopichand says while Saina Nehwal can bounce back next year - with Asian Games and Commonwealth Games scheduled in 2014, the national coach feels plans will have to be made and that it is time to go back to the drawing board.

updated: November 21, 2013 19:33 IST
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Hyderabad: National Coach Pullela Gopichand feels the "hectic" international and domestic schedule has taken a toll on Saina Nehwal's fitness and form this season but he exuded confidence that "solid training" will make the Indian ace battle-ready for next year.

The 23-year-old Saina had a poor run this season as she failed to win a single title. Besides a couple of semifinal finishes at All England and Malaysia Open, the Indian has had nothing to show this year.

"I think it's very obvious that she has not played very well. It has been a tiring year. These results came because fitness levels came down. It has been a hectic season," Gopichand told reporters.

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