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Saina Nehwal - The face of Indian badminton!

Monika
Saina Nehwal

She is arguably one of the best badminton players in India. She began playing badminton at a tender age of 8 and her biography tells us that she traveled close to 50 km each day to practice the game and polish her skills. Genes for the game flow in her blood as both her parents were former state badminton champions.

When she won the under-19 title in the National Badminton Championship back in 2006, nobody knew she would become this big a name in a couple of years. That same year, in 2006, she went on to win the Philippines Open and marked her presence in the global badminton scene. A Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award winner, she is the woman who became the face of Indian badminton and most recently, the face of Indian sports. She is reason that the world now knows India for a game other than cricket. On her recent victory in the China Super Series on Sunday, we look back at the current World Number 5โ€™s achievements that make us realize that she truly is 'the future of Indian Badminton'.

Year Event Result
2004 National Junior Championship Winner
2005 National Senior Championship Runner-up
2006 National Senior Championship Winner
2007 National Senior Championship Winner
2007 National Games Winner
2008 Singapore Super Series Semi-finalist
2008 China Masters Super Series Semi-finalist
2008 BWF Super Series Masters Final Semi-finalist
2009 Indonesia Super Series Premier Winner
2009 India Open Grand Prix Gold Winner
2010 Indonesia Super Series Premier Winner
2010 Singapore Super Series Winner
2010 All England Super Series Premier Semi-finalist
2010 Hong Kong Super Series Winner
2010 India Open Grand Prix Gold Winner
2011 Japan Open Super Series Semi-finalist
2011 Indonesia Super Series Premier Runner up
2011 BWF Super Series Masters Finals Runner up
2011 Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold Runner up
2011 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold Winner
2012 Indonesia Super Series Premier Winner
2012 Malaysia Open Super Series Premier Semi-finalist
2012 Denmark Open Super Series Premier Winner
2012 French Super Series Runner up
2012 BWF Super Series Masters Finals Semi-finalist
2012 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold Winner
2012 Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold Winner
2012 Summer Olympics, London Semi-finalist
2013 Malaysia Open Super Series Premier Semi-finalist
2013 All England Super Series Premier Semi-fnalist
2013 Indonesia Super Series Premier Semi-finalist

2013

Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold Semi-finalist
2014 Australian Open Winner
2014 India Open Grand Prix Gold Winner
2014 China Open Super Series Premier Winner

The year-end World Rankings are yet to be disclosed and we hope that Saina breaks into the top-3 again! Way to go Saina! Make India proud.


Edited by Staff Editor

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