Saina Nehwal is the 3rd-highest earning female badminton player in 2016
Saina Nehwal’s 11-21, 21-14, 21-19 title victory at the Australian Super Series was her maiden Super Series title this year out of a total of six that have been held so far. Albeit she won only one title, the Indian ace badminton player is number 3 on the list of top women badminton earners in 2016.
The list is led by the 21-year old Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying with a total prize money of Rs 68,92,824 ($102,675) while Saina has claimed an impressive sum of Rs 51,87,660 ($77,275). With a fantastic show so far this year, that includes three straight Super Series victories, Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon is ahead of Indian star with Rs 65,65,553 ($97,800). The Bangkok resident is also the current world number 1 in women’s single.
The Taiwanese Tzu-Ying, who is Saina's most feared opponent and has outclassed the Indian during their last six outings, grabbed the top spot after she won the Indonesia Open, which offers the second highest award money to players. Singles champion earns Rs 45,31,440 ($67,500) from as a prize money for it.
The hundred thousand dollars Dubai Super Series Finals offers the maximum amount for the shuttlers while the Australian Open is at the third number with on the list of highest prize money with Rs 5,03,49,337 ($750,000). Saina’s title victory at Sydney on Sunday earned her Rs 37,76,200 ($56,250).
The 26-year old fetched Rs 5,35,381 ($7975) at the Malaysian Open, where she lost to Tai Tzu Ying in the semifinals. Her earnings include prize money from her outings in other Super Series, comprised of Indonesia Open, India Open and All England.
The former World’s number 1 in women singles is presently at the training base in Bengaluru where she is preparing her second consecutive Games medal at Rio Olympics.