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“She is India’s top player and someone whom I have trained for 10 years. It’s nice that she has decided to come back home,” he told ANI. Also Read - Orleans Masters: Kidambi Srikanth, Saina Nehwal And Ira Sharma Enter Quarter Finals

This comes after Nehwal confirmed a return to the Pullela Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad. 

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Tweeting her decision to move back “home” and train in Hyderabad, Saina said on Monday that she had been considering the idea for a while and decided to go ahead with it following a discussion with Gopichand, who is also the chief national coach.

“For a while I’ve been thinking about moving my training base back to the Gopichand academy and I had a discussion about this with Gopi sir. And I am really thankful to him for agreeing to help me again. At this stage in my career I think he can help me achieve my goals,” announced the London Olympic medallist on Monday in a series of tweets.

The 27-year-old had left Gopichand’s academy and moved to Bengaluru to train at the Prakash Padukone Academy under Vimal Kumar, with whom she attained the World No. 1 ranking and two World Championship medals before being laid low by injury ahead of the Rio Olympics last year. (ANI)

This is published unedited from the ANI feed.