Saina’s comments after winning the final Super Series of the year:
On the number one ranking:
I will be happy if I finish the year with No.1 ranking. I don’t know yet what the system is and how it is going to happen. I think this year I will be remaining at world No.3 or No.4 but winning this tournament is like becoming world No.1 for me. So it’s ok. I will achieve it this year or next year. I mean, all players want to become world No.1 and I have the same dream. Let’s see when I will achieve it.
On the year 2010:
It has been a dream year for me. I played five Super Series out of 12 and really happy that I did well in three of them and lost in the semifinals in one of them. Also winning the Commonwealth Gold was a memorable one.
Recognition in India:
I’m happy with the Padma Shri and Khel Ratna award. What else does a player need? I would like thank Gopi and Bhaskar Babu sir. They worked hard for this.
On the Hong Kong Open final:
I was very relaxed during the whole tournament. I had worked very hard for the Asian Games, and I was very disappointed that I hadn’t done well. But I wasn’t depressed. It was important to do well at Hong Kong and finish the year well.
I don’t know what happened at the Asian Games. Sometimes, when you’re tense, you don’t know what happens. Yip was lucky that day, she was playing very well at the net, and I was a bit defensive. At Hong Kong, I was ready. I played a lot of drop shots, I was aggressive. In the final I wasn’t tense at all. In the first game I was on the faster side, and I was sure I would do well in the second. I wanted a lead early in the third from the faster side, and it worked out. Mentally, I was very good, and in rhythm. When I’m like that, I’m hard to beat.
I have a feeling that I do have an upper-hand whenever I face a Chinese in the final of a major event. Definitely, I am no scared about taking on these Chinese girls. If only I play as perfectly as I did in the Hong Kong Open right through, then I have every chance of winning some more big Super Series titles.
Her goals next year:
My aim is to win a Olympics medal and I will be happy if I win the World Championships as well, also all the Super Series.