5 times Saina Nehwal made Indians proud
Saina Nehwal has been the shining beacon of Indian badminton for nearly a decade now. Right from her junior days the Hyderabad girl has been showing glimpses of her abundant talent, and it is no surprise that her climb up the ladder of badminton greatness has been swift and meteoric.A permanent member of the world’s elite for some time now, Saina moved out of the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy to join forces with Vimal Kumar in Bangalore last year. But her dedication, hunger and competitive spirit still remain the same as she continues to bring in more accolades.As Saina prepares for the last event of the year - the World Superseries Finals in Dubai - the Indian continues to put Indian badminton on the global map. And this time, she will even have her own 'Saina Squad' to cheer her on, who would help spur the 25-year-old on to greater heights.Here’s a look at five moments from Saina Nehwal’s career when she made all Indian sports fans proud:
#1 Junior World Champion in 2008
One of the biggest proofs of Saina’s precocious talent came when she lifted the crown at the 2008 World Junior Badminton Championships at home in Pune. The then-18-year-old Saina was the top seed at the event and she put up a brilliant show of her unwavering determination - she did not lose a single game throughout the tournament.
One of her victims at this event was the future World No. 1 Shixian Wang, who would go on to become one of Saina’s long-time nemeses.In the final, Nehwal beat Sayaka Sato of Japan, 21-9, 21-18, thus etching her name in the record books as the first Indian ever to reign supreme at the World Junior Badminton Championships.