Not just the top shuttlers like Saina Nehwal and P Kashyap, but others at the juniors and sub-junior levels are also doing well in the international circuit, which says a lot about the future of the game in India, chief national coach Pullela Gopichand said here on Saturday.
Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal will return to Great Britain with a renewed hope of clinching the prestigious All England title but a tough draw awaits her in the women`s singles of the Super Series Premier event, which starts with the qualifiers here tomorrow.
Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal survived a scare from lower-ranked Japanese Nozomi Okuhara before advancing to the semifinals of the Malaysian Super Series in the women`s singles competition here on Friday.
National badminton coach Pulella Gopichand has praised the shuttlers, including Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap, for their performance on the global stage which he said has given a fillip to the game in the country.
India`s rising badminton star P V Sindhu, who made headlines after her win over Olympic gold medallist Li Xuerui, draws inspiration from Saina Nehwal`s on-court performances and wants to be as successful as the world number three some day.