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10 years of Saina Nehwal - a look back in pictures

A pictorial look at Saina Nehwal's 10-year long career.

It has been 10 years since Saina Nehwal burst on to the scene by winning the Phillippines Open in 2006 as a 16-year-old. The decade that has followed has seen the Indian win numerous events and create history on more than occasions.

Here’s a pictorial look at Saina’s 10-year long career:

2006 – Strong beginnings

A 16-year-old Saina Nehwal won the Philippines Open in 2006

In 2006, Saina became the first women’s player and the youngest from Asia to win the Phillippines Open. Seeded 86th in the competition, The young tyro defeated Julia Wong Peng Jian to be crowned champion.

The same year saw the Indian finish as the runners-up at the World Junior Championships, where she lost to a player, who was to become a nemesis of hers in the future – Wang Yihan.

Titles won:

  • Phillippines Open
  • National Under-19 title
  • Asian Satellite Championships
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