London: Minutes after Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal was awarded the women's singles bronze medal play-off against Xin Wang of China Saturday, mentor and coach Pullela Gopichand said she would have won anyway if the match had gone on in spite of Saina losing the first game.
"It was unfortunate that Wang had to retire. I feel that Saina would have won anyway if the match would have gone on," said national coach Gopichand here at the Wembley Arena.
"It is a great victory and this is huge for Indian badminton. Saina was shocked when she lost the first game. Nevertheless a win is a win," added Gopi Chand.