Saina, Sania eyes Asiad medals

Updated: Oct 26, 2010, 22:00 PM IST

Hyderabad: Commonwealth Games medal winners
Saina Nehwal and Sania Mirza tonight said they are leaving no
stones unturned to prepare for the Asian Games and hope to do
well in China next month.

"We had a great Commonwealth Games. We are now preparing
for the Asian Games and plan to win as many as many medals as
possible again, bring laurels to India and Hyderabad as well,"
said Sania, who won silver in the tennis event of the Games.

Sania, badminton star Saina and her mentor and chief
national coach Pullela Gopichand, brand ambassadors of Andhra
Pradesh Tourism, were felicitated by the department on their
success in the CWG.

Echoing the sentiment of Tourism and Information Minister
J Geeta Reddy, Sania said she is a true Hyderabadi and feels
proud about it.

Saina too expressed confidence that she would do well
in the Asian Games.

"It has been an amazing journey for me. My family did not
expect me do so well. I am really happy that I joined
badminton and I am performing well. I thank Gopi sir who is
very lucky for me," she said.

Sharing two "special moments of her life," she said she
was very disappointed after losing in the Quarterfinals in the
last Olympics.

"I was really aiming to win that match. I still don`t
understand how I lost the match. It was very disappointing,"
she said.

The second special moment was winning the gold medal
in the recently-concluded Commonwealth Games.

"I was down in the match and I really wanted to win
desperately," she recalled.

The AP tourism proved to be lucky for her as she
signed as brand ambassador just ahead of CWG, Saina said.
Geeta Reddy said the state is proud of the players and
wished that they win more medals in future.

PTI