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Saina Nehwal resolves to make top five

January 7, 2009

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Saina Nehwal brushed aside her disappointment about missing an Olympic medal to become the first Indian woman to crack the top 10 in the world badminton rankings in December and the teenager is aiming even higher in 2009.

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    Nehwal became the first Indian to reach the quarter-finals in Olympic badminton in August but missed a semi-final spot when she blew an 11-5 lead in the decider to go down to eventual bronze medallist Maria Kristin Yulianti of Indonesia.

    "It was a big disappointment but I told myself I'd have one or two more Olympics if I play well and to do that I have to win against top players and I've been trying to do that," the 18-year-old said.

    Photographs and Text: Reuters

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