Extremely Difficult, but Important Decision: Saina Nehwal on Skipping Glasgow CWG

Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal said it was heartbreaking for her to pull out of the Commonwealth Games to be played in Glasgow from this month but added she did not want to risk further injury by exerting herself.

updated: July 19, 2014 18:54 IST
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World no. 7 Saina Nehwal said it was important to be fully fit ahead of a tournament.

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New Delhi: India's hopes of fetching five badminton medals at the Commonwealth Games suffered a massive jolt yesterday as ace shuttler and defending champion Saina Nehwal pulled out of the Glasgow eventafter failing to recover from leg blisters sustained during the Australian Open Super Series triumph last month.

"It is an extremely difficult decision but an important one," a heartbroken Saina told PTI ahead of the event which starts on July 23.

"I had suffered a groin injury during the first round in Australia and then there were those blisters on my leg but I still won the title. After I came back I had two-and-a-half weeks but I took one week to recover, so hardly got a week to train. So, I decided to pull out. It's heartbreaking for me as well," she said.

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