SAINA NEHWAL – BEST BADMINTON SUPERSTARAugust 11, 2020
Saina Nehwal, the daughter of Harvir Singh Nehwal and Usha Rani Nehwal, was born on 17th March 1990 in Hisar. She has only one sibling, an elder sister named Chandranshu Nehwal. Her father, who has a PhD in agricultural science, worked at Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University.She completed her first few years of schooling at Campus School CCS HAU, Hisar. She finished 12th grade from the St. Ann’s College for Women, Hyderabad.
When her father was promoted and transferred from Haryana to Hyderabad, she took up badminton at the age of eight to express herself as she did not know the local language well enough to socialise with other kids. Her parents played badminton for a number of years. Her mother, Usha Rani, was a state level badminton player in Haryana. Nehwal took up badminton to fulfill her mother’s dream of becoming a national level badminton player, while her sister played volleyball. Her father, who was among the top players in the university circuit, used his provident fund to invest in good badminton training for her. Nehwal also has a brown belt in karate.
Rise of Glory
- Saina made her first major impact in the Indian badminton when she helped the Indian Badminton Team to win the Bronze medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. Also, she won the Silver medal in the Girls Singles event at the 2006 World Junior Championship.
- The year 2008 was yet again a successful year for Saina where she won 3 tournaments. She won the Gold medal in the Girls’ Singles event at the World Junior Championship as well as the Commonwealth Youth Games. She also won a Gold medal at the 2008 Chinese Taipei Grand Prix Gold in the Women’s Singles event.
- Saina was at the top of her performance in the year 2010, in which she won 5 international tournaments. She won the India Open Grand Prix Gold, Indonesia Open Super Series, Singapore Open Super Series and the Hong Kong Open Super Series in 2010. Also, she won a Gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games which were held in India.
- Saina won back to back tournaments in 2012 such as the Swiss Open, Thailand Open, Indonesia Open, Denmark Open and the French Badminton Open. However, she had to console herself with a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
- Saina returned to the court in 2014 after recovering from an injury and won the India Grand Prix Gold, The Star Australian Badminton Open and the Thaihot China Open. In 2015, she won two tournaments Syed Modi International Badminton Championship and the 2015 India Open.
- London Olympics (2012) :Saina Nehwal created history. She became the first Indian to win a medal at the Olympics winning the Bronze Medal on 4th August 2012.
- China Open Super Series Tournament (2014) : In 2014 China Open Tournament went very well for India as Saina Nehwal won the women’s title.Indian Badminton star Saina Nehwal beat Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi quite convincingly winning in straight games 21-12, 22-20.
- .Delhi Common Wealth Games (2010) : Saina Nehwal won the mixed team Silver at the CWG 2006 in Melbourne. In CWG 2010 she won the Gold medal in the singles and a mixed team Silver.
- World Junior Championship (2008) : Saina Nehwal became the first Indian woman to win the World Junior Badminton Championships by defeating Sayaka Sato with points 21–9, 21–18 in 2008, which was held in Pune.
Saina Nehwal Achievements in BWF Grand Prix :
- In Malaysia Masters tournament Saina was the Champion in 2017.
- In Syed Modi International tournament Saina was the Champion.
- In 2014, Syed Modi International tournament Saina was the Champion.
- In 2012, Thailand Open tournament Saina became the Champion.
- In 2011, Malaysia Masters tournament Saina was the Runner-up.
Awards won by Saina Nehwal
Nehwal was honoured with prestigious awards in the field of sports:
- Saina received Most Promising Player of the Year award by Badminton World Federation in 2008.
- Saina Nehwal received Arjuna Award in 2009.
- Saina received Padma Shri in 2010.
- Saina received Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2009–2010.
- Saina Nehwal also received Padma Bhushan in the year 2016.