Saina Nehwal

Olympic Medalist, Padma Shri, Arjuna Awardee Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Hyderabad, India.

DOB – 17 March 1990

Event – Badminton Singles

The year 2015 was filled with great accolades for Saina Nehwal. Saina created history when she became the first Indian woman badminton player to be ranked number 1 in the world. She finished runner up to world champion Carolina Marin at the prestigious All England Championships in March 2015. She then went on to win a silver at the World Championships 2015. Saina will competing in her third Olympics at Rio 2016. She received a huge boost ahead of the Rio Olympics as she clinched her second Australian Open title after defeating China’s Sun Yu in a thrilling three-game final of the Super Series badminton tournament in Sydney.

Badminton star Saina Nehwal won the bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics thus becoming the first Indian badminton player to win a medal at the Olympics. She is the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championships and was also the first Indian to win a Super Series tournament, when she won the Indonesian Open in 2009. In the year 2010 she reached the semi-finals of the All England Super Series. This was followed by winning a Bronze at the Asian Badminton Championship and then leading the Indian squad at the Uber Cup 2010 in which India reached the quarterfinals. Saina also clinched the Yonex Sunrise Indian Open at Chennai. She then created history by winning 3 Super Series Titles in a single year that catapulted her world ranking to career best 2. She also became the first Indian woman to win badminton gold at the Commonwealth Games 2010.

She was conferred Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2010. She was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri Award for the year 2010 and Padma Bhushan Award in 2016. In August 2009, Saina was bestowed with the prestigious Arjuna Award. She was also named The Most Promising Player in 2008 by the International Badminton Federation.

Saina was born in Hisar, Haryana, but shifted to Hyderabad when she was eight years old. Her foray into the world of badminton was influenced by her father Dr. Harvir Singh, a scientist and her mother Usha Nehwal, both of who were former badminton champions in Haryana.

She started her badminton training under the guidance of Coach Arif, who was a Dronacharya Awardee. Then she started training under P. Gopichand in his academy and became a world class player. She currently trains under Vimal Kumar at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy in Bangalore.

- Winner – Australian Super Series, Sydney 2016
- Silver Medal, World Championships, Jakarta 2015
- Runner Up, All England Open, Birmingham 2015
- Winner – India Super Series, New Delhi 2015
- Winner – China Super Series premier 2014
- Winner – Australian Super series 2014
- Bronze (Team) – Asian Games 2014
- Winner, Denmark Open Super Series, Odense, 2012
- Bronze Medalist, 30th Olympic Games, London, 2012
- Winner, Indonesia Super Series, Jakarta, 2012
- Winner, Swiss Open, Basel, 2012
- Runner Up, World Super Series Finals, China, 2011
- Winner, Swiss Open,Basel, 2011
- Runner Up, Indonesia Super Series, Jakarta, 2011
- Winner, Hong Kong Super Series, 2010
- Gold Medalist, Commonwealth Games, Delhi, 2010
- Silver Medalist, Mixed Team Event, Commonwealth Games, Delhi, 2010
- Quarter-finalist, BWF World Championships, 2010
- Winner,India Open Grand Prix, 2010
- Semi Finalist, All England Open Badminton Championship, 2010
- Bronze Medalist, Asian Badminton Championship, New Delhi, 2010
- Winner,Yonex Sunrise Indian Open, Chennai, 2010
- Winner, Singapore Open Super Series, Lion City, 2010
- Winner, Indonesian Open, Jakarta, 2009
- Quarter-finalist, Olympic Games, Beijing, 2008
- Winner, World Junior Badminton Championships, Pune, 2008
- Gold Medalist, Commonwealth Youth Games, Pune, 2008
- Winner, Chinese Taipei Open, 2008
- Winner, Senior National Badminton Championships, Goa, 2008
- Gold Medalist, National Games, Guwahati, 2007
- Winner, Senior National Badminton Championships, Patna, 2007
- Winner, Philippines Open, Manila, 2007
- Bronze Medalist, Commonwealth Games, Melbourne, 2006

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