Former India badminton coach Vimal Kumar reckons a “tough” journey awaits Saina Nehwal, who will need to target specific tournaments to prolong her career after the COVID-19 pandemic shattered her Tokyo Olympics dreams.

Battling injuries and indifferent form, Saina, 31, couldn’t make her fourth Olympics after the sport’s governing body, BWF, cancelled the last three qualifiers due to the pandemic.

“She came into the limelight in 2005-06 and has been a big trend setter after Prakash Padukone. She has been consistent, played many years and it is sad that she couldn’t qualify this year. I guess she has been a bit unlucky in the last two Games,” Vimal told PTI.

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