Saina Nehwal – the badminton legend of India

Saina Nehwal was born on March 17, 1990, an Indian badminton athlete. She won a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games tournament after defeating PV Sindhu, she became the first Indian to win two single gold medals in the Commonwealth Games. The Saina Nehwal legend has won over 23 international titles, including ten Superseries titles. Although she reached the 2nd place in the world in 2009, it was not until 2015 that she was ranked No.1 in the world, she became the only female player from India to achieve this achievement. She represented India to participate three times in the Olympics and won a bronze medal in her second appearance.

Nehwal has achieved some milestones in badminton for India. She is the only Indian who won at least one medal in every major BWF personal event, namely the Olympics, the BWF World Championship. She was the first Indian badminton player to win the Olympic medal, along with the only Indian to win the BWF World Championship. In 2006, Nehwal became the first Indian woman and the youngest Asian to win a 4-star tournament. She also has the difference that the first Indian won a Super Series title. In the 2014 Uber Cup, she led the Indian team and remained unbeaten, helping India win the bronze medal. It was India’s first medal in any major BWF event. She is a model for many badminton youngsters to follow.

Considered to be one of India’s most successful sports athletes, she is considered to indirectly increase the popularity of badminton in India. In 2016, the Indian Government (GoI) awarded Padma Bhushan – India’s third highest civilian award to Saina Nehwal. Previously, the nation’s top two sports titles, namely Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and the Arjuna Prize, were also awarded to her by the Indian Government. Nehwal is a philanthropist and ranked 18th on the list of the most charitable athletes.

The current rank in the world of the Indian badminton legend is 11th.