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Awesome Twosome Coach-Student Reunite Again?:- Indian ace badminton player, Saina Nehwal who parted ways with national coach Pullela Gopichand three years ago, finally seems to have buried the hatchet.
Saina was witnessed talking to the coach during the recently concluded World Championships in Glasgow and according to sources, she has started training at Gopichand’s academy recently. Saina went to Bangalore to train under Vimal Kumar on September 2, 2014, after leaving Gopichand’s Academy. All her efforts were fruitful as she had a profitable time and had surged to the world No.1 spot, made it to All England final and won two World Championship medals.
Since a long time, Saina and Gopichand had maintained a distance and even though they were not on talking terms, they still have a lot of respect for each other. Under Gopichand, Saina had an amazing stint as she became the first Indian shuttler to win a medal (bronze) at the Olympics and won numerous International titles. Also, it is nothing wrong to say that Badminton, as a sport was popularized in the country due to the duo.
However, it is not the first time that Saina had left Gopichand. A few months after winning the Commonwealth Games gold in 2010, Saina preferred to train under Bhaskar Babu,though in a span of few days Saina returned to Gopichand’s academy.
According to sources, Saina is keen on staying in Hyderabad and given the fact that there numerous shuttlers like PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, Sai Praneeth, HS Prannoy, Parupalli Kashyap etc are being given the personal attention by Gopichand, it might be hard for Saina to make a comeback in the academy. However, the bond and respect that former world no 1 and national coach share might make things easier for both.