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Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh amongst well-wishers on Twitter as ace shuttler Saina Nehwal turns 30 today

  • Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal celebrated her 30th birthday today.
  • Shraddha Kapoor, Riteish Deshmukh were some of the eminent Bollywood stars who wished Saina on Twitter.
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Modified 17 Mar 2020, 19:09 IST

Saina Nehwal in action
Saina Nehwal in action

If one was to make a list of the most iconic sportspersons to have represented India at the global stage, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal certainly makes the list, and with the 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist celebrating her 30th birthday today, it was no surprise to see wishes pouring in from all parts of the world.

The first Indian badminton player to have won an Olympic medal when she clinched bronze at the 2012 edition of the Olympics, Saina has a plethora of achievements to her name and is also the first Indian shuttler to win two singles gold medals at the Commonwealth Games.

The only Indian shuttler to have won a medal at the Olympics, the senior and junior BWF World Championships, Saina was conferred with the Padma Bhushan in 2016, six years after receiving the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2010.

The Hisar-born shuttler tied the knot with Parupalli Kashyap in December 2018, the same year in which she won India's first-ever singles division medal at the Asian Games.

Saina started 2019 on a bright note as she defeated Spanish shuttler Carolina Marin to win the Indonesia Masters but could not keep up her form over the year. With the Tokyo Olympics 2020 coming up in July, ardent Saina Nehwal fans will hope she regains her form and picks up points to make the Olympic cut.

Here, we bring you some of the wishes from Indian sportspersons and members of the Bollywood fraternity as they conveyed their best to Saina on her big day.

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Published 17 Mar 2020, 19:09 IST
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