New Delhi: Just ahead of the Asian Games, star Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal split with the national head coach Pullela Gopichand as she has decided to train under former India coach Vimal Kumar.
The Olympic bronze medallist had also conveyed the decision to Gopicahnd during the recently concluded World Championships in Denmark.
The 24-year-old has decided to move to Bangalore to work under Vimal Kumar for the upcoming Asian Games, which will kick-start from September 19.
Nehwal has been struggling with her form for quite some time now. On the other end, the dramatic rise of teenager PV Sindhu (another Gopichand-trained shuttler) might have forced her to think of other coaching options.
In the sports, Saina-Gopi pair is by far the best coach-player partnership in India, which brought many laurels to the country.
However, this is the second time that the shuttler has decided to split with the Gopichand. Earlier in 2011, Nehwal went to train under Baskar Babu. Though, she soon realised her mistake and returned to Gopi within a few months. She had also apologised to Gopi later. And within a year, the partnership reached a new level when Saina won an Olympic bronze in 2012.
Now, it would be interesting to see how long will Nehwal train under Vimal Kumar.