Saina Nehwal (born 17 March 1990) is a professional badminton singles player from India. Active since 2004 at the international circuit, Nehwal, the former world no. 1, has maintained her world ranking in the top ten since 2009. She has won over twenty international titles, which include ten Superseries titles.
Although she reached to the world no. 2 ranking in 2009, it was only in 2015 that she was able to attain the world no. 1 ranking. And thereby becoming the only female player from India & overall the second Indian player – after Prakash Padukone – to achieve this feat. She has represented India three times in the Olympics, winning bronze medal in her second appearance.
Considered as one of the most successful Indian female sportsperson, she is credited for increasing the popularity of badminton in India. In 2016, the Government of India (GoI) conferred the Padma Bhushan – India’s third highest civilian award – on her. Previously, the nation’s top two sporting honours, namely Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Arjuna Award, were also conferred on her by the GoI.
Making her third appearance at the Olympics, Nehwal, the fifth seed, won her opening match against the unseeded Lohaynny Vicente in straight games. However, she lost her second match against the world no. 61 Marija Ulitina by 18–21, 19–21, thereby making exit at the group stage. Her coach cited the week-old knee injury for her below par performance at the event.
|Biography Records Body Stats|
|Real Name||Saina Nehwal|
|Profession||Indian Badminton player|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height||in centimeters- 165 cm|
in meters- 1.65 m
in Feet Inches- 5? 5?
|Weight||in Kilograms- 58 Kg|
in Pounds- 128 lbs
|Breast Bra Boob Size||34B|
|International Debut||India Asian Satellite (2005)|
|Coach/Mentor||Pullela Gopichand, Nani Prasad Rao, S. M. Arif and Vimal Kumar|
|Records (main ones)||• 1st Indian women to be ranked #1 in the Badminton World Federation in the Women’s Singles. • Won the under-10 state level badminton championship. • Won the World Super Series thrice. • Youngest Asian player to win a 4-star tournament (Philippines Open).|
• First player ever to win the Asian Satellite Badminton tournament twice.
|Career Turning Point||When she became the under-19 national champion in 2006.|
|Date of Birth||17 March 1990|
|Age (as in 2016)||26 Years|
|Birth Place||Hisar, Haryana, India|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign||Pisces|
|Hometown||Hisar, Haryana, India|
|School||Campus School, CCS HAU, Hisar Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Public School, Hyderabad National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD) School Rajendranagar, Hyderabad|
St. Ann’s College for Women, Hyderabad
|Educational Qualifications||12th Standard|
|Family||Father– Harvir Singh Nehwal|
Mother– Usha Nehwal
Sister– Abu Chandranshu Nehwal
|Favourite Food||Aloo parantha and kiwi|
|Favourite Actor||Shah Rukh Khan|
|Boys, Affairs and More|
Saina Nehwal Top Interesting Facts you must know!
- Does Saina Nehwal smoke?: No
- Does Saina Nehwal drink alcohol?: No
- Saina belongs to Haryana but her family shifted to Hyderabad when she was 5 years old.
- Her grandmother was not happy at her birth as she wanted a boy.
- Badminton is in her genes as both her parents were state level badminton champions for Haryana.
- On advice of badminton coach Nani Prasad Rao, she started playing badminton at the age of 8. For her training, her father used to take her 50km away to a badminton academy on a daily basis.
- In 2012, she won the bronze medal at the London Olympics.
- She was honoured with the prestigious Arjuna Award in 2009, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2010, and the Padma Shri Award in 2010.
- Her mother often call her Steffi Saina as she has been a huge fan of tennis star Steffi Graff.
- She is also a huge fan of Sachin Tendulkar and Roger Federer.
- She did her badminton training from the Gopichand Badminton Academy.
- She was a brown belt in Karate.
- Due to her busy schedule, she doesn’t get any thime to watch a film, TV or even social media.
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