18 year old Saina Nehwal came this close to winning an Olynpic medal in badminton. After a dream run upto the quarter finals., she finally bowed out.
Playing in her first Olympics, Saina lost to Indonesian Maria Kristin Yulianti. It was a thrilling contest, the final scores tell you just how close it was: 28-26, 14-21, 15-21.
I know winning IS everything, especially in a contest like the Olympics. Still, I salute this young girl who got so close. Like Abhinav, she may well get us a medal next time. But the important thing is she tried her best.
Unlike the other girl whose name sounds so similar to hers.
Agreed, Sania Mirza is not to blame for having a wrist injury. But right the match there she was, grinning on TV, posing for an Adidas promotional event... I am happy for her fame and the money she is earning but surely she must think about getting back into form and winning tournaments?
Wish we could see more of a Saina in Sania. A passion for the sport, determination and spirit.