Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor, who is essaying Saina Nehwal in a biopic, congratulated the badminton ace for an “incredible” bounce back at the World Badminton Championships in Glasgow, where she secured a bronze medal.
Saina lost her singles semi-final against Japanese seventh seed Nozomi Okuhara at the match in Glasgow on Saturday.
The former World No.1 settled for a bronze after going down 21-12, 17-21, 10-21 in an hour and 14 minutes at the Emirates Arena.
“Clearly when you play tough matches, it is tiring. I thought we would play in the second session but scheduling was kept like that. (It is) surprising because we do not have enough time to recover and take the necessary steps because I just could not. I just slept,” the 2012 London Olympics bronze medallist said after her loss.
“The only thing that changed between the second and third game was that she started picking those difficult shots and started taking the game longer. I tried my level best to push my pace and play longer rallies but she was comfortable and pretty good today,” added the World No.16.
In the third game, I was confused and when you do not have an idea where to play, then you start making errors and she took a big lead. I tried to come back but it was quite late.
Earlier, Saina admitted she should not have gone to Rio Olympics in 2016 where she suffered a shock second round exit and aggravated her injury, forcing her out of the circuit for several months.
“Massive congratulations Saina on winning your bronze. What a bounce back after your injury. Incredible! You make us so so so proud.”
Okuhara also edged out Olympic 2016 silver medallist P.V. Sindhu from the final of the World Badminton Championships on Sunday.
Praising the women, Shraddha added: “Incredible moment for India! Congratulations Saina and PV Sindhu for bringing back the bronze and silver medals home. Well played Okuhara!”
The Saina Nehwal biopic, titled “Saina”, is to be directed by Amole Gupte.
Meanwhile, actor-producer Sonu Sood is producing a movie on Sindhu, but he is yet to lock in the actress for the lead role.