Born on the 17th of March 1990 in Hisar, Haryana, Saina Nehwal first burst onto the Indian badminton scene as a 15-year-old in 2005, when she defeated 9-time National champion Aparna Popat at the Asian Satellite Championships in New Delhi.
From there on in, she has gone strength-to-strength. winning the World Junior Championships in 2008 and then becoming the first Indian Women’s Singles to win a Superseries event, when she won the Indonesia crown in 2009.
2010 was once again a fruitful year for the Indian as she clinched the Commonwealth Games Gold in front of her home fans in New Delhi and then two years later claimed the biggest prize of her career, winning the Bronze medal at the London Olympics.
After a lacklustre showing in 2014, Saina, playing under a new coach Vimal Kumar, came storming back, winning the silver at the All England Championships and then finishing runners-up at the World Championships in Jakarta, that also propelled her to the top of the World rankings.
Now as she enters her third Olympics, Saina will be looking to add yet another Olympic medal and hopefully the colour will change from bronze to Gold at Rio.