Saina Nehwal
Country India
Date of Birth 1990-03-17
Age 28 years
Birth Place India
Major Teams India
Playing Details Team,Singles
Saina Nehwal, Badminton Women's Singles, Badminton
  • Lohaynny Vicente (BRA)
    11th Aug, 7:50pm
    2 - 0 (21-17,21-17)
    WON
  • Maria Ulitina (UKR)
    14th Aug, 5:25pm
    Score: 0-2 ( 18-21, 19-21)
    LOST

Achievements

  • She became the first Indian badminton player to win a medal at the Olympic Games when she won bronze in London in 2012.
  • She was the first Indian player to win a Super Series tournament when she won the 2009 Indonesian Open. 
  • She was the first Indian female badminton player to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal when she won in Delhi, India, in 2010.
  • She won the silver medal in World Championships.(2015).
  • She was the first Indian player to win the world junior championships when she won in Pune, India, in 2008.
  • She won the Australian Open(2016).

 

Biography

A former world number one, Saina is the first Indian to win a medal in badminton in Olympics when she won the bronze in London 2012. She is the first Indian to win the World junior title and also the first to win a super series title when she won the Indonesian Open in 2009.

 

Coached by S.M. Arif in her initial years, she came under the tutelage of Gopi Chand until 2014 when she shifted to Vimal Kumar. In all she has won 22 international titles from 2005 till the Australian Open success this year. Saina has played against virtually the best players in the world and beaten them too.

 

Her peak form was in the March/ April of 2015 when she beat world number one Carolina Marin in the Indian Open Grand Prix. But lost to her in the All England final later. In March, she won her maiden India Open super series title beating Thai champion Ratchanok Intanon and that lifted her to the Number one rank in the world.

 

Injuries plagued her in early 2016. A few semi-final finishes after, Saina found her touch in the Australian Open when she got past top ranking players like Ratchanok, world number two Wang Yihan and finally Sun Yu. Currently ranked fifth, she had an automatic berth in the singles event in Rio.