Saina Nehwal was facing the undisputed world No.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan in the quarter-finals of All England Championships at the Birmingham Arena on Friday and was outflanked by the defending champion in the opening exchanges of the match. She was trailing 3-11 amid the break in the first game when Kashyap gave her an earful.
Saina has lost the last 12 matches she has played against Tai Tzu and this match would have been a major test for her. Tai Tzu began the match on a high rhythm and did not permit Saina to get into the game. It helped the world No.1 that Saina played some powerless shots.
Tai Tzu brought a massive lead into the break and Kashyap reproved Saina for playing feeble.
“if you need to win the match, understand that you must be disciplined. You’re playing some stupid shots,” Kashyap told Saina amid the break.
Saina contended back energetically after the break bringing her strategy of stifling Tai Tzu at the back of the court into play and decreased the huge gap to 12-14.
After the first game, Kashyap once again told Saina that she will have to be disciplined if she wants to challenge.
“Control karke maar, last me maar rahi thi. Drop ko baar baar lift karke court open chod rahi thi [Control the shuttle and go for the shots, like you did in the end. You were lifting the drop shots again and again and leaving your court open],” Kashyap said to Saina.
“She wants to keep the points short, you can’t play into her hands. Be disciplined, she will play strokes and open the court for you and then you can go for your shots. You have to play her that way otherwise it’s difficult.”