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Saina defeated Hsuan-Yu Chen of Australia in India's first match in the Uber Cup 2016. Pictured: India's Saina Nehwal in action during the round of 16 of the Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships in Birmingham, May 2016.Reuters

Indian ace shuttler Saina Nehwal is gearing herself for the Rio Olympics 2016. The last time she had won the bronze medal in 2012 London Olympics, but this time she is eyeing the gold medal in Rio. 

Rio will be the third Olympics in her career and she is in the best of form at the moment. Saina thanked her coaches and fitness trainers as well. She feels it is because of them she has a real good opportunity to clinch the gold medal in Rio Olympics. 

By the time Saina features in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, she will be 30 years of age. Therefore, Rio is probably the best chance for her to live that historical moment. And it can only happen if she plays her best game ever. 

"Whatever I am today, it's because of my coaches. They taught me smash, dribble and net game in copybook style and I trained five to six hours daily to master them. I am a worker and my coaches know how to get the best out of me," Nehwal was quoted as saying by Reuters

"For 2020, it depends on my progress and health conditions. Rio is an ideal place to showcase my game. You can't predict results. You need hard work and God's blessing, apart from support from the fraternity."

Saina recently won the Australian Open and it was her second in her career. She was happy to have won the title just ahead of the Olympics. 

"It is wonderful to win Australian Open prior to the Olympics. It is very satisfying to beat two world champions and a junior world champion (Malaysian Goh Jin Wei) in one tournament," Saina added. 

Prior to this Australian Open 2016, Saina had failed to reach a World Superseries final since last November in China, as she was nursing an Achilles injury. 

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