|Birth name||Saina Nehwal|
17 March 1990 |
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Weight||60 kg (130 lb)|
|Career title(s)||16 (Super Series and Grand Prix )|
|Highest ranking||1  (2 April 2015 )|
|Current ranking||1  (21 May 2015)|
Saina Nehwal ( pronunciation (help·info); born 17 March 1990) is an Indian badminton player who is currently ranked No. 1 in the world by Badminton World Federation Women's Singles 2015. She is the first Indian to win a medal in Badminton at the Olympics. She achieved this feat by winning the Bronze medal at the London Olympics 2012 on 4 August 2012. She is also the first Indian after Prakash Padukone and the first Indian woman to become world number 1. Besides these, she is the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championships and was also the first Indian to win a Super Series tournament, by clinching the Indonesia Open on 21 June 2009. Saina is supported by the Olympic Gold Quest.
Saina was initially coached by S. M. Arif a Dronacharya Award winner, and then by Pullela Gopichand till 2014 September. Saina is the reigning Indian national champion and is currently coached by the former Indian badminton champion and national coach U. Vimal Kumar. Saina Nehwal plays for Hyderabad Hotshots in the Indian Badminton League.
- 1 Personal life
- 2 Career
- 3 Endorsements
- 4 Career overview
- 5 Awards
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Saina Nehwal was born in a Jat family as the second daughter to Harvir Singh and Usha Rani at the University Hospital of the Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University in Hisar. Her father worked in CCS HAU and she completed her first few years of schooling at Campus School CCS HAU, Hisar. The family later shifted to Hyderabad. Nehwal also has a brown belt in Karate.
At first Saina lost too many matches and In 2006, Saina became the under-19 national champion and created history by winning the prestigious Asian Satellite Badminton tournament (India Chapter) twice, becoming the first player to do so. In 2006, Saina appeared on the global scene when she became the second Indian woman to win a 4-star tournament, the Philippines Open. Entering the tournament as the 86th seed, Saina went on to stun several top seeded players including the then world number four Xu Huaiwen before defeating Julia Wong Pei Xian of Malaysia for the title. The same year Saina was also the runner up at the 2006 BWF World Junior Championships, where she lost a hard fought match against top seed Chinese Wang Yihan. She did one better in the 2008 by becoming the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championships by defeating ninth seeded Japanese Sayaka Sato 21–9, 21–18.
She became the first Indian woman to reach the quarter finals at the Olympic Games when she upset world number five and fourth seed Wang Chen of Hong Kong in a three-game thriller. In the quarter-finals Saina lost a nail biting 3-gamer to world number 16 Maria Kristin Yulianti. In September 2008, she won the Yonex Chinese Taipei Open 2008 beating Lydia Cheah Li Ya of Malaysia 21–8 21–19. Maria Yulianti had earlier lost her quarter-final match to Pia Bernadet, Saina's semi-final opponent, thus denying Saina a rematch. Saina was named "The Most Promising Player" in 2008. She reached the world super series semifinals in the month of December 2008.
On 21 June 2009, she became the first Indian to win a BWF Super Series title, the most prominent badminton series of the world by winning the Indonesia Open. She beat Chinese Wang Lin in the final 12–21, 21–18, 21–9. Saina on winning the tournament said, "I had been longing to win a super series tournament since my quarter final appearance at the Olympics". Saina is on the par with the likes of Prakash Padukone and her mentor Pullela Gopichand who both won the all England championships which are of similar status to the super series. In August 2009 she reached the quarterfinals of world championship losing to the second seed Lin Wang.
Saina successfully led the Indian Women Team to the Quarter-finals stage of the 2010 Uber Cup finals. Saina became the first Indian Woman to reach the semi finals of 2010 All-England Super Series before losing to eventual champion Tine Rasmussen. Top seeded Saina reached the semifinals of Yonex Sunrise Badminton Asia Championships 2010 losing out to unseeded eventual champion Li Xuerui of China. Saina's Coach Gopichand advised her not exert too much pressure on herself due to the overwhelming home crowd support. Saina wins the 2010 India Open Grand Prix Gold, beating Wong Mew Choo of Malaysia in the final and thus justifying her billing as top seed in the tournament. She won a prize money of $8,280 for winning this BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament. Nehwal, again seeded no.1 in the Singapore Open Super Series 2010, entered the finals defeating World champion Lu Lan of China. Saina won the second Super Series title of her career by beating qualifier Tai Tzu-Ying of Chinese Taipei in the final of the Singapore Open 21–18, 21–15. But the fact that she won the tournament in the absence of all the top 5 ranked players (who all happen to be Chinese), takes a little sheen away from her path breaking victory. Saina won a prize money of $15,000 for winning this BWF Super Series tournament. Saina reached a career high of world no. 3 in the women's singles badminton world rankings on 24 June 2010. Saina defended her Indonesia Open super series title in three tough games against Sayaka Sato of Japan, 21–19 / 13–21 / 21–11.This is her third super series title and her third successive title following wins at Indian open, Singapore Super series. She again won the top prize money of $18,750 for winning this BWF Super Series tournament. On 15 July 2010, with 64791.26 points Saina Nehwal reached a career high world ranking of No. 2 only behind Wang Yihan of China. 2nd seed Saina, a tournament favourite, crashed out of the 2010 BWF World Championships in Paris after losing to 4th ranked Chinese Wang Shixian in straight sets 8–21, 14–21. She although equalled her tournament best performance, as she was also a losing quarter-finalist in the last edition held in Hyderabad. She subsequently dropped a spot to be No. 3 in the world rankings.
Top seed Saina, won the gold medal in the Women's Singles badminton event in the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in New Delhi. She beat Wong Mew Choo of Malaysia 19–21 23–21 21–13. After her win Saina said, "when I was a match-point down, it was like a shock. It was a big match and winning it means a lot to me. Even many years from now, those present here will always remember how Saina won the gold. It is a proud feeling". In the BWF Super Series ranking for the year 2010 (which only considers the performances of players in the elite world super series tournaments), as on 27 September 2010, Saina has dropped to No. 7 from a high of No. 1 after giving a miss to 2010 China Masters Super Series and 2010 Japan Super Series due to her preparation for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. As on 5 Dec 2010, for the first time in the year Saina Nehwal dropped out of the top 10 best performers in the 2010 BWF Super Series rankings.
Saina Nehwal confirmed her participation for the 2010 Hong Kong Super series to held from 7 to 12 Dec 2010 and is also the penultimate super series tournament of the year. This would be Saina's first super series tournament after a gap of more than 5 months since her win in the 2010 Indonesia Super Series in June 2010. On 12 December 2010, Saina Nehwal defeated Wang Shixian 15–21, 21–16, 21–17 in the final of the 2010 Hong Kong Super Series to win her fourth career Super Series title.
4th seed Saina Nehwal crashed out of the 2011 Korea Open Super Series Premier on 27 January 2011 in the 2nd round. She was defeated by the Japanese Sayaka Sato in a tight 3 set match with score 17–21,21–19 and 21–11. 5th seed Saina, was disappointed when she was defeated by Eriko Hirose of Japan at 2011 All England Super Series Premier on 11 March 2011. She was defeated in straight sets with a score of 21–11 and 22–20. It was her second early exit of the year after being defeated in Korean Premium Super Series earlier in January. One week later, on 17 March 2011, she met Eriko Hirose again (in the second round of the Wilson Badminton Swiss Open), but managed to win this time in three games 21–15, 17–21 and 21–11 – on her birthday. 2nd seed Saina Nehwal beat Ji Hyun Sung of South Korea 21–13, 21–14 to win the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold badminton title on 20 March 2011. Saina posed an early exit from the Indian Open Super Series in Delhi. She disappointed the home crowd being defeated by Ai Goto of Japan in straight games 21–17 and 21–19.
Saina Nehwal faltered after a good start as she lost to the then world number three Wang Xin of China in the finals to finish runner-up in the 2011 Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold tournament on 8 May 2011. Saina Nehwal participated in the 2011 BWF Double Star Sudirman Cup Mixed team event, she won her first match against Tzu Ying Tai of Chinese Taipei which was a tough three setter 21–10, 12–21 21–17, but India lost the tie 3–2. She was then shocked in her second match by current Junior World Champion & 16-year-old teen sensation Ratchanok Inthanon of Thailand losing in straight sets 21–14, 22–20, but India managed to beat Thailand 3–2 in the tie to book a spot in the quarterfinals of the Elite mixed team event for the first time in the history of the tournament. In the quarterfinals against the mighty Chinese, Saina put up her best performance and beat the then World number two Xin Wang in straight sets 21–15, 21–11, but still the Chinese managed to move into the semi finals with a 3–1 win over India. Saina lost to Li Xuerui of China in the quarterfinals of the Thailand Open GP Gold.
Defending Champion Saina lost to Cheng Shao-chieh of Chinese Taipei in the second round of Singapore Open Super Series. Saina, in her attempt to record a third straight win at the Indonesia Open Super Series Premier, reached the finals where she lost to Wang Yihan of China to finish as runner-up, on 26 June. Nehwal crashed out of World Championship 2011 as she lost 15–21, 10–21 to World Number 3 Wang Xin of China in a lop-sided women's singles match. Saina, who reached the quarterfinals in the last two editions of the event, had to be contend with yet another last-eight finish. She lost in quarter finals of 2011 China Masters Super Series against World No. 1 Wang Yihan of China in straight games 8–21, 12–21. Saina lost in semi finals of 2011 Japan Super Series against Juliane Schenk of Germany in straight games 19–21, 10–21. In the 2011 Denmark Super Series Premier, she lost to 17-year-old teen Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan in straight games 19–21, 13–21 in the second round. Saina repeated her shocking second round exit in the 2011 French Super Series as she lost to World No. 16 Li Xuerui of China in straight games 18–21, 29–30. Saina lost in quarter finals of 2011 Hong Kong Super Series against World No. 7 Tine Baun of Denmark in straight games 16–21, 15–21.
Saina was defeated in the very first round of 2011 China Open Super Series Premier by World No. 8 Bae Youn-joo of South Korea 21–15, 22–24, 15–21. During the season ending tournament in December, Saina Nehwal created history by becoming the first Indian singles player to reach the final of BWF Super Series Masters Finals after defeating World No. 5 Tine Baun of Denmark to cruise 21–17, 21–18 in the semifinals of the 2011 BWF Super Series Masters Finals in Liuzhou (China). She went on to lose the final 21–18, 13–21, 13–21 against the World No. 1 Chinese Wang Yihan in a contest lasting over an hour.
Saina successfully ded her Swiss Open Title by defeating World No 2 Wang Shixian of China 21–19 21–16 on 18 March 2012, a day after she turned 22 years old. On 10 June 2012, Saina defeated Thailand’s Ratchanok Inthanon 19–21 21–15 21–10, to lift the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold title.
On 17 June 2012, Saina Nehwal won the Indonesia Open Super Series by defeating World No. 3 Li Xuerui of China 13–21, 22–20 21–19. It was her 3rd Indonesia Open title. On 4 August 2012, she won the bronze medal at the London Olympics when China's Wang Xin retired from the match after an injury with the match at 18–21, 0–1. On 21 October 2012, she won the Denmark Open Super Series Premier after defeating Wang Yihan 21-12 12-7 in the semifinal. Yihan got retired hurt in this match after losing first set and trailing in second set. In the final Saina defeated Juliane Schenk of Germany in two straight sets to lift her first Denmark open trophy.
On 26 January 2014 Saina defeated World Championship bronze medalist P.V. Sindhu 21-14, 21-17 to win the Women's Singles of India Open Grand Prix Gold Tournament. On March,2014 World No. 4 Saina Nehwal, who had a win-loss record of 4-2 against the Chinese ace Wang Shixian, crashed out of the 2014 All England Super Series Premier after losing her quarter-final match. Saina took revenge of All England loss by defeating Wang Shixian in semifinals of 2014 Australian Super Series. In final on June 29, 2014 Saina defeated Spain's Carolina Marin 21-18, 21-11 to win Women's Singles of 2014 Australian Super Series. The win helped her to reach the ranking of World no. 7, climbing two spots.
She became the 1st Indian woman to win the China Open Super Series Premier by beating Japan's Akane Yamaguchi 21-12, 22-20 in the final.
Defending Champion Saina Nehwal won the 2015 India Open Grand Prix Gold by defeating Spain's Carolina Marin 19-21, 25-23, 21-16 in the Final. She became the first Indian woman shuttler to reach the finals of All England Open Badminton Championships, but lost to Carolina Marin 21-16, 14-21, 7-21 in the final. On 29 March 2015, Saina won her maiden women's singles title at the India Open BWF Super Series beating Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand. This assured her of becoming World number 1 when the latest BWF rankings were released on April 2nd. Thus, she became the first Indian women's player to be World No.1 in badminton.
In 2002, sports brand Yonex offered to sponsor Saina’s kit. As her status and rankings improved, the sponsorships increased. In 2004, BPCL (Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited) signed the rising star. She is one of the athletes supported by Olympic Gold Quest. She is the brand ambassador of Sahara India Pariwar. Saina endorses Herbalife, Top Ramen Noodles, Fortune Cooking Oil, Indian Overseas Bank, Vaseline, Sahara and Yonex.
She had signed an endorsement deal worth Rs. 400 million with the popular sports management firm Rhiti Sports in 2012. However, she severed this deal in 2013 and signed up with KWAN entertainment and marketing solutions for an undisclosed sum. She has a dedicated sporting range with the multinational sports goods manufacturer Yonex, 4% of the profits of which goes to her. Apart from endorsements, she has also been invited on popular Indian television shows as a guest including Satyamev Jayate and Comedy Nights with Kapil.
Singles performance timeline
|BWF Super Series|
|Korea Open Super Series Premier||A||A||2R||A||2R||QF||QF||A||0/4||4-3||QF (2012, 2013)|
|Malaysia Open Super Series Premier||A||A||1R||QF||A||SF||SF||2R||SF||0/6||SF(2012, 2013)|
|All England Super Series Premier||2R||1R||1R||SF||QF||QF||SF||QF||F||0/8||F(2015)|
|India Super Series||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||1R||2R||2R||QF||W||1/5||W(2015)|
|Indonesia Super Series Premier||A||2R||W||W||F||W||SF||QF||3/7||W(2009,2010,2012)|
|Singapore Super Series||A||SF||QF||W||2R||A||QF||1R||1/6||W(2010)|
|China Masters Super Series||A||SF||A||A||QF||A||A||N/A||0/2||SF(2008)|
|Japan Open Super Series||A||1R||1R||A||SF||A||A||A||0/3||SF(2011)|
|Denmark Open Super Series Premier||1R||A||QF||A||2R||W||QF||QF||1/4||W(2012)|
|French Super Series||A||A||QF||A||2R||F||2R||QF||0/3||F(2012)|
|China Open Super Series Premier||1R||1R||2R||A||1R||A||2R||W||1/4||W(2014)|
|Hong Kong Super Series||1R||QF||1R||W||QF||2R||2R||1/5||W(2010)|
|BWF Super Series Masters Finals||N/A||SF||A||F||SF||SF||F(2011)|
|BWF World Championships||N/A||QF||QF||QF||N/A||QF||QF||QF (2009,2010,2011,2013,2014)|
|BWF Grand Prix Gold and Grand Prix|
|Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold||1R||2R||QF||A||W||W||SF||QF||2/6||W(2011,2012)|
|Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold||1R||QF||A||QF||W||QF||N/A||W(2012)|
|Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold||N/A||N/A||QF||F||F(2011)|
|India Open Grand Prix Gold||N/A||2R||W||W||N/A||N/A||N/A||W||W||W(2009,2010,2014,2015)|
Record against top ranked players
Record against Super Series finalists, World Championships semifinalists, and Olympic quarterfinalists. (as of 8 March 2015)
|Carolina Marin||3–1||Wang Yihan||2–8||Wang Xin||3–4||Jiang Yanjiao||0–5|
|Li Xuerui||2–7||Wang Lin||2–4||Lu Lan||4–1||Xie Xingfang||0–2|
|Zhang Ning||0–1||Tine Baun||5–4||Juliane Schenk||8–4||Cheng Shao-Chieh||3–1|
|Tai Tzu-ying||5–4||Bae Youn-joo||7-4||Sung Ji-hyun||5-1||Eriko Hirose||4–4|
|Sayaka Sato||4–1||Minatsu Mitani||5-2||Petya Nedelcheva||6–2||Pi Hongyan||1–5|
|Yip Pui Yin||6–1||Zhou Mi||1–3||Wang Chen||1–3||Wong Mew Choo||3–2|
|Porntip Buranaprasertsuk||7–1||Ratchanok Inthanon||5–3||Maria Kristin Yulianti||0–1||Wang Shixian||6-5|
|Lianne Tan||1–0||Ella Diehl||5–0||Larisa Griga||1–0||P. V. Sindhu||1–0|
2008 Summer Olympics
2012 Summer Olympics
|Czechoslovakia Junior Open||2003||Gold|
|Asian Satellite Badminton Tournament||2005||Gold|
|Philippines Open (badminton)||2006||Gold|
|Asian Satellite Badminton Tournament||2006||Gold|
|Indian National Badminton Championships||2007||Gold|
|National Games of India||2007||Gold|
|2008 Chinese Taipei Open Grand Prix Gold||2008||Gold|
|Indian National Badminton Championships||2008||Gold|
|2010 Badminton Asia Championships||2010||Bronze|
- For the Bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics
- ₹10 million (US$160,000) cash award from the Haryana Government.
- ₹5 million (US$79,000) cash award from the Rajasthan Government.
- ₹5 million (US$79,000) cash award from the Andhra Pradesh Government.
- ₹1 million (US$16,000) cash award from the Badminton Association of India.
- Honorary Doctorate Degree by Mangalayatan University
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- first Indian woman to get world no 1.
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- Saina wins Chinese Taipei Open
- Most Promising Player 2008
- Saina only wins praises but no prize money
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- "Saina loses to Yihan, now faces Wang for bronze". The Times Of India. 4 August 2012.
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- "Carolina Marin defeats Saina". Retrieved 28 March 2015.
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- Olympic Gold Quest Official website
- "Saina Nehwal signed as brand ambassador by Sahara - Badminton News". Sports.ndtv.com. 2012-12-18. Retrieved 2015-04-12.
- Herbalife Sponsorship List
- About Top Ramen
- "Saina endorses Fortune". The Economic Times. 24 September 2009.
- "Saina Nehwal signs Rs 40cr deal with sports management firm Rhiti Sports". CNN-IBN. 19 September 2012.
- "Saina Nehwal severs ties with Rhiti sports ending Rs 40 crore deal". Sportskeeda. 19 December 2013.
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