Through this write up we are tracing the profile, carrier and biography of Indian Badminton Player Saina Nehwal.

Saina Nehwal Biography

When it comes to sports, India has seen many budding sportspersons who have made a name for themselves. Saina Nehwal has made India proud in various sporting events in her field of expertise. Ranking the world no.1 in 2015, Nehwal was the only female and the second Indian after Prakash Padukone to achieve this triumph.

Nehwal has been playing for a long time, and one of her first wins was in the U-13 Sub Junior National Category. The Olympic Bronze medallist in 2012, Nehwal, has broken notions that revolved around women being weak and their roles in the kitchen.

She is an embodiment of women's empowerment and inspiration to the generations to come. With the name she has made for herself, one cannot think of badminton without associating her name with it.

Saina Nehwal Biography

Saina Nehwal Career

  • Saina Nehwal trained under Pullela Gopichand in his academy and then went on under Prakash Padukone Academy in Bangalore.
  • She won her first international title during the 2005 Asian Satellite Badminton Tournament in India.
  • In 2009, she defeated her countrywoman Aditi Mutatkar to win her first India Grand Prix championship.
  • Her first World Championship was at the young age of 16. Although her opponent, the same year, took her down, she also participated in the World Junior Badminton Championship, making it to the Finals, where she won the runners-up.
  • She won the global junior championship and the Indian national title in 2008. In addition, Nehwal took part in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, wherein she advanced to the quarterfinals of the women's singles competition.
  • In 2010, Nehwal earned a gold medal in Commonwealth Games at home in women's single.
  • Nehwal’s current ranking in the world is 33. 

Achievements and Awards of Saina Nehwal

Nehwal has achieved the unthinkable in her field and continues to inspire millions out there. Breaking through the impression of women in India, Nehwal showed the world that all it needed to be successful was determination and dedication. The recipient of the highest civilian award (Padma Shri), her autobiography playing to Win came out in 2012.

National Awards

  • CNN-IBN Indian of the Year in Sports (2009)
  • Padma Shri (2010)
  • Padma Bhushan (2016)
  • Arjuna Award for Badminton (2009)
  • International medals:

Saina Nehwal has a whopping 24 international medals under her name
  • With her valor, Saina Nehwal inspired the young generation and young girls in India to follow their dreams and passion.
  • Her numerous achievements include being the first Indian to win a medal at the Olympics in the sport of badminton.
  • Amongst all her shots, she is famously known for smashing, just like she has done with the records.
  • One of the interesting facts about Nehwal is that she is a massive fan of Bollywood and her favorite actor happens to be Shahrukh Khan.
  • Her autobiography mentioned how she always wanted an Olympic medal to see her national flag go up in the air.
  • SainaNehwal cries when frustrated, bringing forward the notion that crying is not weak but human emotion.