Hyderabad: Her narrow losses in various tournaments notwithstanding, ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal says she had a reasonably good year considering the injuries that plagued her.
"Last year (2010) was fantastic, I am very happy with those victories. This year, it was kind of tough for me because, I came back from ankle injury. But still, I managed to play four finals and I reached the semi-finals of Japan Open," Saina told reporters.
"I think the performance this year has been fantastic. It is just that I could not win those tournaments and I lost in the finals. So, people think that this is disappointing. But I played really well," she said.
She lost in the finals of season-ending World Super Series in China despite being a game up, but Saina said she was pleased with her effort.
"I am very happy that I finished it with a very good tournament, won good matches and in the finals also it was tough. It was a little bit of strategy problem but I think I played really well in the Super Series finals," she said.
Asked what led to her narrow losses in various competitions this year and adverse reactions from some quarters, the world No 4 said, "People talk but I think this is my game. I`m playing for my happiness and my work is to get medals for my country and make people happy. But it is not that they may comment on me. It is not right.”
"Finally, it is my duty, my job. I suffered from lot of injuries this year. That was the only case.”
"People talk and I really don`t worry about it. Somethings happen in your life, whether it is personal or professional. It just happens, you never know what is going to happen next. But everything went on well after some time. Again, we are doing well, we are trying to improve in every aspect. I hope next year should be even better," she said.