Saygıner is the fifth of 6 brothers and sisters. His parents died in a traffic accident when he was 14 years old. Saygıner then started playing billiards. He had a good performance in high school but left for depression over the loss of his mother and father. He then focused on billiards. A year later, he won his first Turkish title.
In 2003, Saygıner won the UMB World Three-cushion Championship by disposing of Filipos Kasidokostas of Greece. He's the only Turk ever to win it. That same year, he won the last World Three-cushion Championship organized by the BWA by besting Dick Jaspers.