Profile of Saina Nehwal
Birth Place of Saina Nehwal: Hisar, Haryana, India
Raised at : Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date of birth of Saina Nehwal: March 17, 1990
Height of Saina Nehwal : 165 cm (5' 5 ")
Handedness of Saina Nehwal : Right
Present Coach : Atik Jauhari (Indonesian Legend)
Present Mentor and Indian Coach: Pullela Gopichand (Khel Ratna, Dronacharya Award)
Previous coaches of Saina Nehwal : S. M. Arif( Dronacharya Award), Nani Prasad
Saina Nehwal is an Indian Khel Ratna. She is a right-handed badminton player, playing on behalf of India since 2003. In the rankings given by Badminton World Federation she holds the rank of number 2 in the world . She is ranked No.1 BWF Super Series Rankings.
Saina Nehwal's Life Story
Although Saina was born in a town in Haryana she was completely raised in Hyderabad. In that way she is a complete 'Hyderabadi'. Her influence for becoming a badminton player came from her family itself. Her father is Dr. Harvir Singh who is working as a scientist at the Directorate of Oilseeds Research, Hyderabad and her mother is Usha Nehwal. Both of whom were badminton state champions for Haryana.
From the age of 8 years, saina used to admire this sport so much that she used to wake up at 4:00am every morning and along with her father travelled 25kms to the Lal Bahadur Stadium where Coach Nina Prasad used to coach her.
As she grew step by step, she became better and better.She started playing international from the age of 13. She slowly started getting
Saina – First in India
1) She is the first Indian player to win the prestigious Asian Satellite Badminton tournament (India Chapter) twice
2) She is the First Indian woman to win a 4-star tournament, the Philippines Open.
3) Saina Nehwal is the first and only Indian woman till now to reach the singles quarterfinals at the Olympic games of Badminton.
4) Saina Nehwal won the World Junior Badminton Championships and stood as the first and the only Indian to do it .
5) Saina Nehwal is the first Indian to win a Super Series tournament, through Indonesia Open.
6) Saina Nehwal is the first Indian women to go till the semi finals of All-England Super Series-2010
Last but not the least….
7) She is the first Indian woman to bring glory to the Indian Badminton by achieving top most rankings worldwide.
Tournament Details of Saina Nehwal
Event Year Result Czechoslovakia Junior Open 2003 Winner Commonwealth Youth Games 2004 Silver Asian Satellite Badminton Tournament 2005 Winner Commonwealth Games 2006 Bronze Philippines Open (badminton) 2006 Winner Asian Satellite Badminton Tournament 2006 Winner Indian National Badminton Championships 2007 Winner National Games of India 2007 Gold Chinese Taipei Open Grand Prix old 2008 Winner Indian National Badminton hampionships 2008 Winner Commonwealth outh ames 2008 Gold BWF World Junior hampionships 2008 Winner BWF Super Series asters finals 2008 Semifinalist Indonesia uper Series 2009 Winner BWF World hampionships 2009 quarterfinalist Indian pen Grand Prix 2009 Winner All-England uper Series 2010 semifinalist Badminton sia Championships 2010 Bronze India Open rand Prix Gold 2010 Winner Singapore Open uper Series 2010 Winner Indonesia Open uper Series 2010 Winner
Awards and Achievements
1) "The Most Promising Player" title in 2008
2) Arjuna Award in August 2009
3) Padma Shri award in January 2010
4) Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in August 2010
5) brand ambassador of Deccan Chargers, IPL