‘One of the biggest wins of my career’
   Date :14-Jan-2022

City shuttler Malvika Bansod
 City shuttler Malvika Bansod stretches herself during her second round match against Indian legend Saina Nehwal in the India Open at KD Jadhav Stadium, New Delhi on Thursday. (Badminton Association of India)
 
 
Sports Reporter :
 
IT’S not always that you get to beat your idol and a great player. Things like these get itched in one’s memory forever. A young but a certain Malvika Bansod lived that one day yesterday. On Thursday, she became just the second Indian player to beat living legend Saina Nehwal in an international event and without any doubt in her mind she concedes that it was one of the biggest wins of her career. Malvika was as excited as happy after the win. “I am very happy with the win today. This was my first meeting with Saina and she was always my idol. Playing her was a dream come true for me...and that too at India Open, at such a big level.
 
This is definitely one of the biggest wins of my career so far. I played really well. “It has not sunk in yet. I have always been a big fan of Saina as she was a flag-bearer for badminton in India for more than a decade. When I took to badminton, I used to see her matches. Her style of power play and attacking game always inspired me. “I was playing her for the first time and was not thinking of winning or losing. My game plan was to just keep the shuttle in play and keep moving her. I had no pressure. I thought of giving my best like any other match,” said the 20-year-old southpaw after the match. On her last two years journey and training in pandemic times, Malvika, who has won three senior international titles and as many national senior ranking tournament, said, “These years have been very difficult in many ways.
 
During the pandemic training was not the same as it used to be in earlier times. But thanks to my coach Sanjay Mishra sir who arranges special sessions during theses tough times. It was due to his efforts that I did not miss training and just because of that I would win tournaments.” The youngsters want to improve her rankings so that she gets more chances to play bigger tournament. “From here on I would like to better my rankings. That is my main aim. Better ranking would help me play better ranked tournament,” Malvika concluded.