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Nov 08, 2012 at 01:44pm IST

Saina Nehwal releases her autobiography, says winning keeps her going

Hyderabad: Ace badminton player and current World No. 3 Saina Nehwal on Wednesday released her autobiography in Hyderabad titled, 'Playing to win, my life on and off court'. The world's third ranked player has written her autobiography in which she has revealed many of her secrets. The book has many incidents about Saina which are not in public domain.

As most of the time Saina is busy playing in different tournaments across the world, so several aspects of her life are not yet known. The book tells a lot about Saina’s personal life, her joys and sorrows. London Olympics bronze medallist Gagan Narang was the special invitee for the book release published by Penguin Books India.

Saina said that it is sheer hardwork and discipline that has helped her to reach where she is today. Asked to name two things that makes here special, Saina said "hard work and discipline" enabled her to emerge as a top-ranking badminton player. The 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro is still some time away but Saina feels that her victory in Denmark augers well for her.

Saina Nehwal releases her autobiography

Saina Nehwal's autobiography 'Playing to win, my life on and off court' was released on Wednesday.

When Narang asked what changes she wants to see in the sporting scenario, she said, "I want sportspersons to get good facilities so that they can excel in life." Replying to a query, Saina said she had ice cream whenever she won a tournament which she cannot have as she had to maintain her fitness.

When Gagan Narang questioned as to what would be her message, she said the youth should have "self-belief and discipline to excel in their chosen field. The women are no inferior to men and they can do what they do."

To a question on her plans to set up an academy in Bangalore, she said she was offered help by the Haryana and Karnataka governments. Saina said that meditation helps her to keep her mind cool and maintain mental strength. She added that the burning desire to win keeps her motivated and free from fatigue. Narang also stressed that passion and fire keeps the motivation going.

With additional information from PTI