Saina Nehwal - Badminton Women player of India

Saina Nehwal (Hindi: साइना नेहवाल ) is an Indian badminton player currently ranked number 2 in the world by Badminton World Federation. Saina was born in Hisar, Haryana and has spent her entire life in Hyderabad, India. Saina is the first Indian woman to reach the singles quarterfinals at the Olympics and the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championships. Saina Nehwal made history on June 21, 2009, becoming the first Indian to win a Super Series tournament. Saina won her second career Super Series title by winning the Singapore Open title on June 20, 2010. She completed a hat-trick in the same year by winning the Indonesian Open on June 27, 2010. This win resulted in her rise to 3rd ranking and subsequently to No. 2.
Saina had coach S. M. Arif, a Dronacharya Award winner, earlier and is currently coached by Indonesian badminton legend Atik Jauhari since August 2008 and national coach Pullela Gopichand being her mentor. Her foray into the world of badminton was influenced by her father Dr. Harvir Singh, a scientist at the Directorate of Oilseeds Research, Hyderabad and her mother Usha Nehwal , both of whom were former badminton champions in Haryana. Sports brand Yonex offered to sponsor Saina’s kit in earlier period. In 2004, BPCL (Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited) signed her. She is also supported by Olympic Gold Quest.

Saina was the under-19 national champion. Saina created history by the winning the prestigious Asian Satellite Badminton tournament (India Chapter) twice, becoming the first player to do so.
In 2006, Saina appeared on the global scene when she became the first Indian woman to win a 4-star tournament, the Philippines Open. Entering the tournament as the 86th seed, Saina went on to stun several top seeded players including number seed Huaiwen Xu before defeating Julia Xian Pei Wong of Malaysia for the title. The same year also saw Saina as runner up at the 2006 BWF World Junior Championships, where she lost a hard fought match against top seed Chinese Wang Yihan. She did one better in the 2008 by becoming the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championships by defeating ninth seeded Japanese Sayaka Sato.
She became the first Indian woman to reach the quarter finals at the Olympic Games when she upset world number five and fourth seed Wang Chen of Hong Kong in a three-game thriller. In the quarter-finals Saina lost a nail biting 3-gamer to world number 16 Maria Kristin Yulianti. On 21 June 2009, she became the first Indian to win a BWF Super Series title, the most prominent badminton series of the world by winning the Indonesia Open. She beat Chinese Wang Lin in the final . In August 2009 she reached the quarterfinals of world championship losing to the second seed Lin Wang.


On October 14th 2010 won gold medal against Mew Choo Wong of Malaysia 19-21, 23-21, 21-13 in CWG Delhi and made an unforgettable moment in India's badminton history.
Saina successfully lead the Indian Women Team to the Quarter-finals stage of the 2010 Uber Cup finals.
Saina became the first Indian Woman to reach the semi finals of 2010 All-England Super Series before losing to eventual champion Tine Rasmussen.
Saina wins the 2010 India Open Grand Prix Gold, beating Wong Mew Choo of Malaysia in the final and thus justifying her billing as top seed in the tournament. She won a prize money of $8,280 for winning this BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament.
Saina Nehwal, again seeded no. 1 in the Singapore Open Super Series 2010, entered the finals defeating World champion Lu Lan of China
Saina has reached a career high of world no. 3 in the women's singles badminton world rankings on 24 June 2010.
On 15 July 2010, with 64791.26 points Saina Nehwal reached a career high world ranking of No. 2 only behind Wang Yihan of China.
2nd seed Saina, a tournament favourite, crashed out of the 2010 BWF World Championships in Paris after losing to 4th ranked Chinese Wang Shixian in straight sets 8-21, 14-21. She although equalled her tournament best performance, as she was also a losing quarter-finalist in the last edition held in Hyderabad. She subsequently dropped a spot to be No. 3 in the world rankings.
In the BWF Super Series ranking for the year 2010 (which only considers the performances of players in the elite world super series tournaments), as on 27 September 2010, Saina has dropped to No. 7 from a high of No. 1 after giving a miss to 2010 China Masters Super Series and 2010 Japan Super Series due to her preparation for the 2010 Commonwealth Games .

Achievements: Events won by Saina Nehwal / Medals won by Saina Nehwal:

1 ) In 2003 won Gold medal in Czechoslovakia Junior Open

2 ) In 2004 won Silver medal in 2004 Commonwealth Youth Games

3 ) In 2005 won Gold medal in Asian Satellite Badminton Tournament

4 ) In 2006 won 3 Bronze medal in 2006 Commonwealth Games

5 ) In 2006 won Gold medal in Philippines Open (badminton)

6 ) In 2006 won Gold medal in Asian Satellite Badminton Tournament

7 ) In 2007 won Gold medal in Indian National Badminton Championships

8 ) In 2007 won Gold medal in National Games of India

9 ) In 2008 won Gold medal in 2008 Chinese Taipei Open Grand Prix Gold

10 ) In 2008 won Gold medal in Indian National Badminton Championships

11 ) In 2008 won Gold medal in 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games

12 ) In 2008 won Gold medal in 2008 BWF World Junior Championships

13 ) In 2008 won Semifinalist medal in 2008 BWF Super Series Masters finals

14 ) In 2009 won Gold medal in 2009 Indonesia Super Series

15 ) In 2009 won Quarterfinalist medal in 2009 BWF World Championships

16 ) In 2009 won Gold medal in 2009 Indian Open Grand Prix

17 ) In 2010 won Semifinalist medal in 2010 All England Super Series

18 ) In 2010 won 3 Bronze medal in 2010 Badminton Asia Championships

19 ) In 2010 won Gold medal in 2010 India Open Grand Prix Gold

20 ) In 2010 won Gold medal in 2010 Singapore Open Super Series

21 ) In 2010 won Gold medal in 2010 Indonesia Open Super Series

22 ) In 2010 won Quarter-finalist medal in 2010 BWF World Championships

23 ) In 2010 won Gold medal in 2010 Commonwealth Games


Achievements : Sports awards won by Saina Nehwal / National awards won by Saina Nehwal :

1) Saina Nehwal was rewarded with Arjuna award in August, 2009 and her coach Gopichand was also rewarded with Dronacharya award at the same time.

2) Saina has been awarded with Padma Shri award in January 2010.

3) Saina has been awarded with the highest national sporting award given to players, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award on 29 August 2010.

4) Saina is brand ambassador of Deccan Chargers, an Indian Premier League team owned by Deccan chronicle.

5) She has also became one of the 8 brand ambassadors of 2010 Commonwealth Games held on New Delhi India

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