Glasgow, August 26: "I should not have gone to play Rio Olympics”, said Saina Nehwal on Saturday after her quarterfinal match of badminton world championships. The 27-year-old Saina's second round defeat with Ukrainian Marija Ulitina was the lowest point for India in Rio.
"I was expecting a tough fight, but I was surprised she was playing so quick," she said.
"There were a lot of difficult rallies. She was pepped up and motivated, she put up a great show. I didn't expect she would last so long in the third game."
Her second world championship semifinal appearance is different because she had struggled on court after returning from a career-threatening knee injury and a surgery that hampered her at Olympics last year.