Saina Nehwal (pronunciation (help·info); born 17 March 1990) is an Indian professional badminton player. A former world no. 1, she has won over 24 international titles, which includes eleven Superseries titles. Although she reached the world's 2nd in the 2009, it was only in 2015 that she was able to attain the world no. 1 ranking, thereby becoming the only female player from India and overall the second Indian player – after Prakash Padukone – to achieve this feat. She has represented India three times in the Olympics, winning a bronze medal in her second appearance.
Nehwal has achieved several milestones in badminton for India. She is the only Indian to have won at least one medal in every BWF major individual event, namely the Olympics, the BWF World Championships, and the BWF World Junior Championships. She is the first Indian badminton player to have won an Olympic medal, the first Indian to have reached the final of the BWF World Championships, along with being the only Indian to have won the BWF World Junior Championships. In 2006, Nehwal became the first Indian female and the youngest Asian to win a 4-star tournament. She also has the distinction of being the first Indian to win a Super Series title. In the 2014 Uber Cup, she captained the Indian team and remained undefeated, helping India to win bronze medal. It was India's first medal in any BWF major team event. Nehwal became the first Indian to win two singles gold medals (2010 and 2018) in Commonwealth Games.
Considered one of the most successful Indian sportspersons, 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 the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna and the Arjuna Award, were also conferred on her by the Government of India. Nehwal is a philanthropist and was ranked 18th on the list of most charitable athletes.
Saina Nehwal, the daughter of Harvir Singh Nehwal and Usha Rani Nehwal, was born in Hisar. She has only one sibling, an elder sister named Chandranshu Nehwal. Her father, who has a PhD in agricultural science, worked at Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University. She completed her first few years of schooling at Campus School CCS HAU, Hisar. She finished 12th grade from the St. Ann's College for Women, Hyderabad.
When her father was promoted and transferred from Haryana to Hyderabad, she took up badminton at the age of eight to express herself as she did not know the local language well enough to socialise with other kids. Her parents played badminton for a number of years. Her mother, Usha Rani, was a state level badminton player in Haryana. Nehwal took up badminton to fulfill her mother's dream of becoming a national level badminton player, while her sister played volleyball. Her father, who was among the top players in the university circuit, used his provident fund to invest in good badminton training for her. After moving to Hyderabad in 1998, she was enrolled in a karate class by her parents, which she continued for a year and earned a brown belt.
She trained under Pullela Gopichand in his academy Gopichand Badminton Academy in 2014 parted company with Gopichand and joined Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy in Bangalore and trained under U. Vimal Kumar under whose training she became World number one ,she later in 2017 returned to train under Gopichand.In his book Dreams of a Billion: India and the Olympic Games’, Gopichand said that he felt miserable when she left him and went to train in Bangalore.
In 2006, Nehwal became the under-19 national champion and created history by winning the "Asian Satellite Badminton tournament" (India Chapter) twice, becoming the first player to do so. In May 2006, at age 16, she became the first Indian woman and the youngest player from Asia to win a 4-star tournament – the Philippines Open. Entering the tournament as the 86th seed, she went on to stun several top seeded players including the then world number two Xu Huaiwen before defeating Julia Wong Pei Xian of Malaysia for the title. Few months after she entered the International Badminton Circuit, Nehwal participated at the World Championships where she lost to Jiang Yanjiao of China. The same year Nehwal reached the final of 2006 BWF World Junior Championships where she lost a hard-fought match against top seed Chinese Wang Yihan. She also competed at the 2006 Doha Asian Games.
In 2007 At a very young age of 17, Nehwal went on to take part at the All England, where she challenged experienced Wang Chen in the Round 2, but went down in 3 games 21–17, 13–21, 16–21. She represented India at the Sudirman Cup in Scotland in 2007. At the 2007 BWF World Championships, she won her opening matches against Jeanine Cicognini of Switzerland and 13th seed Juliane Schenk of Germany, but lost the next round to French Pi Hongyan with score 13–21, 17–21. She was the finalist at the Indian International challenge in 2007 where she lost to Kanako Yonekura in 2 games.
Two years after losing the final to Wang Yihan, she became first Indian to win World Junior Badminton Championships by defeating ninth seeded Japanese Sayaka Sato 21–9, 21–18. She participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics where she was unseeded. She began her fight with a win against Russian Ella Diehl (2–0) in Round 1 & Ukrainian Larisa Griga (2–0) in 2nd round. She became the first Indian woman to reach the quarter finals when she upset reigning Asian Games champion no. four seed Wang Chen of Hong Kong in a three-game thriller. In the quarter-finals Nehwal lost a 3-gamer to world number 16 Maria Kristin Yulianti. Nehwal was leading 11–3 in the decider but couldn't hold on against her opponent and lost the match with 28–26, 14–21, 15–21 scoreline.
In September 2008, she won the Chinese Taipei Open 2008 beating Lydia Cheah Li Ya of Malaysia 21–8, 21–19. She was also a semifinalist at the China Masters Superseries after she beat reigning World Champion Zhu Lin in quarterfinals. Nehwal was named "The Most Promising Player" by the Badminton World Federtion in 2008. She qualified for the season ending Superseries Finals which consists of most consistent players of the year. She defeated Pi Hongyan and Wong Mew Choo in early rounds. She lost to Tine Baun in Round 3. She entered semifinals but lost to Wang Chen with scores 21–15, 14–21, 16–21.
In June, 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. Nehwal on winning the tournament said, "I had been longing to win a super series tournament since my quarter final appearance at the Olympics". She is at 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 to the quarterfinals of the World Championships, losing to the second seed Wang Lin. She qualified for the season ending Superseries Finals in December, where she lost the opening match to Wong Mew Choo (Eventual Champion) but won the next two group matches against Porntip Buranaprasertsuk & Canada's Charmaine Reid. She again reached the semifinals of this tournament but went down, this time to Germany's Juliane Schenk. She won India Grand Prix tournament later in the year, defeating compatriot Aditi Mutatkar in the final with scores 21–17, 21–13.
She became the first Indian woman to reach the semi finals of All England before losing to eventual champion Tine Rasmussen. Top seeded Nehwal reached the semifinals of Asian Championships, losing out to unseeded eventual champion Li Xuerui of China, settling for bronze medal. Her coach Pullela Gopichand advised her not exert too much pressure on herself due to the overwhelming home crowd support.
Nehwal won 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. Nehwal, again seeded no.1, won the Singapore Open Super Series 2010, by beating qualifier Tai Tzu-Ying of Chinese Taipei in the final of the Singapore Open 21–18, 21–15 having defeated World Champion Lu Lan earlier in the semifinal. Nehwal reached a career high of world no. 3 in the women's singles badminton world rankings on 24 June 2010.
She defended her Indonesia Open title in three tough games against Sayaka Sato, 21–19, 13–21, 21–11. This was her third super series title and her third successive title following wins at Indian open & Singapore Super series. On 15 July 2010, with 64791.26 points, Nehwal reached a career high world ranking of No. 2 only behind Wang Yihan of China. 2nd seed Nehwal, 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.
As on 27 September 2010, Nehwal dropped to No. 7 ranking after giving a miss to 2010 China Masters Super Series and 2010 Japan Super Series due to her preparation for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Top seed Nehwal won the gold medal in the Women's Singles badminton event in the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in New Delhi. after beating Wong Mew Choo of Malaysia 19–21, 23–21, 21–13. After her win Nehwal 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". Nehwal confirmed her participation for the 2010 Hong Kong Super Series after a gap of more than five months since her win in the 2010 Indonesia Super Series in June 2010. On 12 December 2010, she 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.
2nd seeded Nehwal beat Sung Ji-hyun of South Korea 21–13, 21–14 to win the Swiss Open title. 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 tournament. She was a part of Indian Team in the 2011 BWF Double Star Sudirman Cup mixed team who managed to reach the quarterfinals of this elite mixed team event for the first time ever, as India managed to beat Thailand 3–2, even when Nehwal lost her tie against Ratchanok Intanon. In the quarterfinals against China, Nehwal put up her best performance and beat the then world number two Wang Xin with 21–15, 21–11, but still the Chinese managed to move into the semi finals with a 3–1 win over India.
In attempt to record a third straight win at the Indonesian Open, she reached the finals once more where she lost to Wang Yihan of China to finish as runner-up, on 26 June. Nehwal crashed out of the 2011 World Championship as she lost 15–21, 10–21 to Wang Xin. Nehwal, who reached the quarterfinals in the last two editions of the event, had to be content with yet another last-eight finish. During the season ending tournament 2011 BWF Super Series Masters Finals in Liuzhou in December, Nehwal won her all group matches against Bae Yeon-ju, Sayaka Sato and Wang Xin and once again reached the semifinals. She created history by becoming the first Indian singles player to reach the final after defeating World No. 5 Tine Baun of Denmark scoring 21–17, 21–18 win. She lost the final 21–18, 13–21, 13–21 against the World No. 1 Wang Yihan in a contest lasting over an hour.
Nehwal successfully defended her Swiss Open Title by defeating Wang Shixian 21–19, 21–16 on 18 March 2012, a day after she turned 22 years old. On 10 June 2012, she defeated Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon 19–21, 21–15, 21–10, to lift the Thailand Open title. On 17 June 2012, Nehwal won the 3rd consecutive Indonesia Open by defeating Li Xuerui, a player who was on 30 match winning streak with most dominant performance in the season so far with scores 13–21, 22–20, 21–19.
At the London Olympics, Nehwal was seeded 4th in the Draw. In the Group stage she defeated Swiss Sabrina Jaquet (2–0) & Belgian Lianne Tan both in straight games. She reached the knockout phase where she defeated Dutch Yao Jie with scores 21–14, 21–16. She then faced Tine Baun, the no. 5 seed whom she defeated with 21–15, 22–20 scoreline. She afterwards advanced to semifinals where she lost to top seed Wang Yihan in two straight games 13–21, 13–21. On 4 August 2012, she won the bronze medal when Wang Xin retired from the match after an injury at 18–21, 0–1.
On 21 October 2012, she won the Denmark Open after defeating Germany's Juliane Schenk. Nehwal successfully entered the finals of French Open, but she lost against Minatsu Mitani in straight sets. She participated at the season ending Superseries Finals. In the group stage, she lost to Tine Baun (1–2), won against Juliane Schenk (2–0) & lost the 3rd match to Ratchanok Intanon (0–2). She reached the semifinals but lost a well contested match to Li Xuerui of 3 games, 20–22, 21–7, 13–21.
Nehwal reached the semifinal of All England also but was defeated by 3-time World Junior Champion Ratchanok Intanon. She has yet another quarterfinal finish at the World Championships, after going down to Korean Bae Yeon-ju with score 21–23, 9–21. She qualified for the season ending Superseries finals held at Kualalumpur where she lost to Minatsu Mitani and Li Xuerui, but won the last group match against Bae Yeon-ju in 3 games. However, she failed to progress to the semifinals.
On 26 January 2014, Nehwal defeated World Championship bronze medalist P.V. Sindhu 21–14, 21–17 to win the 2014 India Open Grand Prix Gold Tournament. In the final of 2014 Australian Super Series on 29 June 2014, Nehwal defeated Spain's Carolina Marin 21–18, 21–11 to win the title. She withdrew from 2014 Commonwealth Games due to fitness Issue & injury problems she carried during Australian Open. She lost in the quarterfinals of World Championships again, this time to Li Xuerui. She was the quarter-finalist at the Asian Games as well, where she lost to Wang Yihan. She became the first Indian player to win the China Open by beating Japan's Akane Yamaguchi 21–12, 22–20 in the final. She contested at the Superseries Finals and won all of her group matches against top seed Wang Shixian (2–0), Bae Yeon-ju (2–1) & Sung Ji-hyun (2–0). She reached the semifinals once more, but lost to eventual champion Tai Tzu-ying with scores 21–11, 13–21, 9–21.
Defending champion Nehwal won the Syed Modi International by defeating Carolina Marín in the final. She became the first Indian woman shuttler to reach the finals of the All England, but lost to Marín in the final. On 29 March 2015, Nehwal won her maiden women's singles title at the India Open, by beating Ratchanok Intanon. This assured her of becoming World number 1 when the latest BWF rankings were released on 2 April. With this, she became the first Indian player to achieve this feat in Women's category.
At the World Championship held in Jakarta, Nehwal was seeded 2nd. She defeated Cheung Ngan Yi & Sayaka Takahashi in early rounds & reached the quarterfinals where she faced Chinese Wang Yihan. She was able to beat her in 3 games 21–15, 19–21, 21–19; thus assured herself of first ever medal at the World Championships. She beat home hope Lindaweni Fanetri in semifinal & created history by becoming First Ever player from India to contest World badminton championship finals. She settled for the silver after going down to Carolina Marín in final.
Defending champion Nehwal fought hard before going down to Li Xuerui in the final of the China Open. She took part at the Season Ending Championships where she lost against Tai Tzu-ying & Nozomi Okuhara (Eventual winner) but won against Carolina Marín, a player she struggled to beat in the whole year, in one of the group matches. However she failed to reach the knockout phase.
Nehwal dealt with injuries in early 2016 but she eventually recovered. She reached the semifinals of the Badminton Asia Championships after defeating the third seed Wang Shixian but settled for bronze medal, after losing to Wang Yihan 16–21, 14–21. At the Australian Super Series, Nehwal went into the finals after beating Ratchanok Intanon in quarters & Wang Yihan in semifinals. She defeated China's Sun Yu in the final by 11–21, 21–14, 21–19.
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 from Ukraine Marija Ulitina by 18–21, 19–21, thereby making an exit at the group stage. Her coach cited the week-old knee injury for her below par performance. She was appointed as a member of IOC Athletes' Commission in October. She was also chosen as an Integrity Ambassador in BWF's Campaign – "I am Badminton" in December to promote clean and fair play in the sport.
Nehwal went on to win Malaysia Masters by defeating Pornpawee Chochuwong with score 22–20, 22–20. She couldn't do well much of the year due to injury; she was still recovering. She was seeded 12th in the World Championship at Glasgow. She ousted Sabrina Jaquet in Round 1. She beat 2nd seed Sung Ji-hyun in Round of 16 and reached quarterfinals for 7th straight time. She had to dug deep into her reservoir to eke out a 21–19, 18–21, 21–15 win over world No. 31 Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland in the quarterfinal. However, she lost the semifinal to eventual winner Nozomi Okuhara of Japan, thus won the bronze medal. She then won the 82nd national badminton championship by beating P. V. Sindhu in the final.
Nehwal reached the finals of the 2018 Indonesia Masters. En route to the finals she beat 3 seeded players Chen Yufei, P.V. Sindhu and Ratchanok Intanon. However she attained second best after losing the final to Tai Tzu-ying. She won her second gold in Commonwealth Games women's singles after beating P. V. Sindhu in the final and eventually led the Indian team to another gold medal in the Mixed Team event. She then clinched a bronze in the Asian Championships which was her third medal in the tournament altogether, as she went down fighting to the defending champion Tai Tzu Ying. At the 2018 World Championships, Nehwal was seeded 10th. She outgunned Turkish Aliye Demirbag & advanced to next round. She further ousted 4th seed Ratchanok Intanon and reached World Championships quarter-final for record 8th straight time. She lost tamely to Carolina Marín there, in an unexpectedly lop-sided clash.
Nehwal was unseeded at the 2018 Asian Games. She defeated Iran's Sorayya Aghaei in round of 32 and Indonesia's Fitriani in second round both in straight games. She then won the quarterfinal, after making a stunning comeback against 4th seeded Ratchanok Intanon, when she was 3–12 down in Game 1 but eventually won it in 2 games thus made it to the semifinals. She made history by winning the first medal for India in Badminton after a long wait of 36 years. She lost to Tai Tzu Ying in the semifinal, winning a bronze medal. She achieved a rare feat by winning medals from the quintet of badminton tournaments – the Olympics, the World Championships, the Commonwealth Games, the Asian Championships and the Asian Games.
At 2018 Denmark Open, Nehwal was unseeded. She defeated Hongkonger Cheung Ngan Yi scoring 20–22, 21–17, 24–22 in her favour. She then defeated 2 tough Japanese opponents in successive rounds; beating Akane Yamaguchi & Nozomi Okuhara. After an easy win against Indonesia's Gregoria Mariska Tunjung in semifinal, she met her arch-rival and the no.1 seed Tai Tzu-ying. In the past 16 meetings Tai had won 11 and Nehwal wanted to break that jinx but couldn't managed and went down by 13–21, 21–13, 6–21. Nehwal went into the finals of Syed Modi Badminton Super 300 tournament but lost to Han Yue of China.
She won her first BWF Super 500 title, the Indonesia Masters, against Carolina Marín, after the latter retired from the court injured. Defending her national championship title in Guwahati, Assam, Nehwal refused to play her singles match citing poor playing surface, and went on to win the National Championship by defeating top seed P. V. Sindhu with 21–18, 21–15.This was her 4th National title. Her incredible consistent record at the World Championships came to an end after she lost to Mia Blichfeldt in pre-quarterfinal in 3 hard fought games 21–15, 25–27, 12–21.
|2012||Wembley Arena, London, Great Britain||Wang Xin||18–21, 0–1 retired||Bronze|
BWF World Championships
|2015||Istora Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta, Indonesia||Carolina Marín||16–21, 19–21||Silver|
|2017||Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland||Nozomi Okuhara||21–12, 17–21, 10–21||Bronze|
|2010||Siri Fort Sports Complex, New Delhi, India||Wong Mew Choo||19–21, 23–21, 21–13||Gold|
|2018||Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre, Gold Coast, Australia||P. V. Sindhu||21–18, 23–21||Gold|
|2018||Istora Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta, Indonesia||Tai Tzu-ying||17–21, 14–21||Bronze|
|2010||Siri Fort Indoor Stadium, New Delhi, India||Li Xuerui||17–21, 11–21||Bronze|
|2016||Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China||Wang Yihan||16–21, 14–21||Bronze|
|2018||Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China||Tai Tzu-ying||25–27, 19–21||Bronze|
BWF World Junior Championships
|2006||Samsan World Gymnasium, Incheon, South Korea||Wang Yihan||13–21, 9–21||Silver|
|2008||Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Badminton Hall, Pune, India||Sayaka Sato||21–9, 21–18||Gold|
Commonwealth Youth Games
|2008||Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune, India||N. Sikki Reddy||23–21, 22–20||Gold|
BWF World Tour (1 title, 3 runners-up)
The BWF World Tour, which was announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018, is a series of elite badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tours are divided into levels of World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.
|2018||Indonesia Masters||Super 500||Tai Tzu-ying||9–21, 13–21||Runner-up|
|2018||Denmark Open||Super 750||Tai Tzu-ying||13–21, 21–13, 6–21||Runner-up|
|2018||Syed Modi International||Super 300||Han Yue||18–21, 8–21||Runner-up|
|2019||Indonesia Masters||Super 500||Carolina Marín||4–10 retired||Winner|
BWF Superseries (10 titles, 5 runners-up)
The BWF Superseries, which was launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007, is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries levels are Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries consists of twelve tournaments around the world that have been introduced since 2011. Successful players are invited to the Superseries Finals, which are held at the end of each year.
|2009||Indonesia Open||Wang Lin||12–21, 21–18, 21–9||Winner|
|2010||Singapore Open||Tai Tzu-ying||21–18, 21–15||Winner|
|2010||Indonesia Open||Sayaka Sato||21–19, 13–21, 21–11||Winner|
|2010||Hong Kong Open||Wang Shixian||15–21, 21–16, 21–17||Winner|
|2011||Indonesia Open||Wang Yihan||21–12, 21–23, 14–21||Runner-up|
|2011||BWF Super Series Finals||Wang Yihan||21–18, 13–21, 13–21||Runner-up|
|2012||Indonesia Open||Li Xuerui||13–21, 22–20, 21–19||Winner|
|2012||Denmark Open||Juliane Schenk||21–17, 21–8||Winner|
|2012||French Open||Minatsu Mitani||19–21, 11–21||Runner-up|
|2014||Australian Open||Carolina Marín||21–18, 21–11||Winner|
|2014||China Open||Akane Yamaguchi||21–12, 22–20||Winner|
|2015||All England Open||Carolina Marín||21–16, 14–21, 7–21||Runner-up|
|2015||India Open||Ratchanok Intanon||21–16, 21–14||Winner|
|2015||China Open||Li Xuerui||12–21, 15–21||Runner-up|
|2016||Australian Open||Sun Yu||11–21, 21–14, 21–19||Winner|
BWF Grand Prix (10 titles, 1 runner-up)
The BWF Grand Prix had two levels, the BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It was a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) which was held from 2007 to 2017. The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) from 1983 to 2006.
|2006||Philippines Open||Julia Wong Pei Xian||21–15, 22–20||Winner|
|2008||Chinese Taipei Open||Lydia Cheah||12–21, 21–18, 21–9||Winner|
|2009||India Grand Prix||Aditi Mutatkar||21–17, 21–13||Winner|
|2010||India Open||Wong Mew Choo||20–22, 21–14, 21–12||Winner|
|2011||Malaysia Grand Prix Gold||Wang Xin||21–13, 8–21, 14–21||Runner-up|
|2011||Swiss Open||Sung Ji-hyun||21–13, 21–14||Winner|
|2012||Swiss Open||Wang Shixian||21–19, 21–16||Winner|
|2012||Thailand Open||Ratchanok Inthanon||19–21, 21–15, 21–10||Winner|
|2014||India Grand Prix Gold||P. V. Sindhu||21–14, 21–17||Winner|
|2015||Syed Modi International||Carolina Marín||19–21, 25–23, 21–16||Winner|
|2017||Malaysia Masters||Pornpawee Chochuwong||22–20, 22–20||Winner|
BWF International Challenge/Series/Satellite (2 titles, 1 runner-up)
|2005||India Satellite||Aparna Popat||11–8, 11–6||Winner|
|2006||India Satellite||Jang Soo-young||21–9, 21–14||Winner|
|2007||India International||Kanako Yonekura||13–21, 18–21||Runner-up|
National titles and runners-up
National Junior/Senior titles (13)
|S. No.||Year||Tournament||Age group||Format||Partner||Opponent(s) in final||Score||Ref.|
|1||2002||Sub-Junior National Badminton Championship||Under 13||Singles||N/A||Parsa Naqvi||11–0, 11–4|||
|2||2002||Sub-Junior National Badminton Championship||Under 13||Doubles||Pizza Bharali||Mudra Dhainje / Fernaz Jasdanwala||11–5, 11–4|||
|3||2002||Sub-Junior National Badminton Championship||Under 16||Doubles||Aparna Balan||Manisha Eswarappa / Y. K. Subrata||11–2, 11–3|||
|4||2003||Sub-Junior National Badminton Championship||Under 16||Singles||N/A||Anjali Kalita||11–3, 11–13, 11–2|||
|5||2003||Sub-Junior National Badminton Championship||Under 16||Doubles||P. Jyotshna||G. M. Nischitha / Madhuri Vijay||15–6, 15–7|||
|6||2004||Junior National badminton championships||Under 19||Singles||N/A||Ridhi Pajwani||11–2, 11–4|||
|7||2004||Junior National badminton championships||Under 19||Doubles||Aparna Balan||T. Soumya / Ashwini Chowdary||15–6, 15–10|||
|8||2005||Junior National badminton championships||Under 19||Singles||N/A||Aditi Mutatkar||11–5, 13–10|||
|9||2005||Junior National badminton championships||Under 19||Doubles||Aparna Balan||V. Ruth Misha / Saumya Padhye||15–2,15–4|||
|10||2007||Senior National Badminton Championships||Senior||Singles||N/A||Aditi Mutatkar||21–19, 21–16|||
|11||2007||National Games||Senior||Singles||N/A||Aditi Mutatkar||24–22, 21–15|||
|12||2008||Senior National Badminton Championships||Senior||Singles||N/A||Trupti Murgunde||21–11, 21–10|||
|13||2017||Senior National Badminton Championships||Senior||Singles||N/A||P. V. Sindhu||21–17, 27–25|
|14||2019||Senior National Badminton Championships||Senior||Singles||N/A||P. V. Sindhu||21–18, 21–15|
National Junior/Senior runners-up (1)
|S. No.||Year||Tournament||Age group||Format||Partner||Opponent(s) in final||Score||Ref.|
|1||2006||Senior National Badminton Championships||Senior||Singles||N/A||Aparna Popat||11–13, 3–11|||
|Current year (2021)||9||4||5||–1|
|Current year (2021)||0||0||0||0|
- * Statistics were last updated on 02 August 2021.
Singles performance timeline
|World Junior Championships||2R||NH||S||A||G||N/A||1/3||W ('08)|
|World Championships||NH||A||1R||3R||NH||QF||QF||QF||NH||QF||QF||S||NH||B||QF||3R||NH||0/11||F ('15)|
|Olympic Games||DNQ||NH||QF||NH||B||NH||RR||NH||DNQ||0/3||SF ('12)|
|IBF Grand Prix||BWF Superseries / Grand Prix||BWF World Tour|
|Thailand Masters||NH||w/d||A||1R||NH||0/1||1R ('20)|
|Swiss Open||N/A||1R||2R||QF||A||W||W||SF||QF||A||SF||w/d||A||w/d||NH||1R||2/9||W ('11, '12)|
|German Open||A||1R||A||NH||0/1||1R ('07)|
|All England Open||N/A||2R||1R||1R||SF||QF||QF||SF||QF||F||QF||QF||1R||QF||1R||1R||0/15||F ('15)|
|Orléans Masters||N/A||A||NH||SF||0/1||SF ('21)|
|India Open||NH||2R||QF||W||1R||2R||2R||QF||W||SF||QF||QF||w/d||NH||2/11||W ('10, '15)|
|Malaysia Open||N/A||A||QF||QF||A||SF||SF||2R||SF||SF||1R||2R||1R||NH||0/10||SF ('12, '13, '15, '16)|
|Singapore Open||N/A||A||SF||QF||W||2R||A||QF||1R||A||QF||NH||NH||1/7||W ('10)|
|Indonesia Open||N/A||A||2R||W||W||F||W||SF||QF||QF||QF||2R||2R||w/d||NH||3/11||W ('09, '10, '12)|
|Australian Open||N/A||A||W||QF||W||QF||w/d||A||NH||2/4||W ('14, '16)|
|Japan Open||N/A||A||1R||1R||A||SF||A||2R||A||2R||A||w/d||NH||0/5||SF ('11)|
|China Open||N/A||1R||1R||2R||A||1R||A||2R||W||F||1R||2R||1R||1R||NH||1/11||W ('14)|
|Korea Open||N/A||A||2R||A||2R||QF||QF||A||QF||1R||NH||0/6||QF ('12, '13, '18)|
|Denmark Open||N/A||1R||A||QF||A||2R||W||QF||QF||2R||A||QF||F||1R||A||1/10||W ('12)|
|French Open||N/A||A||QF||A||2R||F||2R||QF||QF||A||2R||QF||QF||NH||0/9||F ('12)|
|Fuzhou China Open||NH||N/A||A||SF||A||QF||A||w/d||A||1R||NH||0/3||SF ('08)|
|Hong Kong Open||N/A||1R||QF||1R||W||QF||2R||2R||QF||w/d||QF||2R||1R||1R||NH||1/12||W ('10)|
|Malaysia Masters||NH||QF||A||F||A||W||A||SF||QF||1/5||W ('17)|
|Indonesia Masters||NH||A||NH||F||W||1R||1/3||W ('19)|
|Spain Masters||NH||A||QF||0/1||QF ('20)|
|Syed Modi International||N/A||NH||W||A||1R||NH||W||W||w/d||w/d||F||w/d||NH||3/5||W ('09, '14, '15)|
|Taipei Open||N/A||A||W||A||w/d||NH||1/1||W ('08)|
|Thailand Open||N/A||1R||QF||A||NH||QF||W||QF||NH||A||SF||w/d||2R||2R||NH||1/9||W ('12)|
|Macau Open||A||QF||A||NH||0/1||QF ('16)|
|Philippines Open||NH||W||1R||NH||A||NH||1/2||W ('06)|
|World Superseries/Tour Finals||NH||SF||SF||DNQ||F||SF||RR||SF||RR||DNQ||0/7||F ('11)|
|Commonwealth Games||NH||3R||NH||G||NH||A||NH||G||NH||1/3||W ('10, '18)|
|Asian Games||NH||2R||NH||QF||NH||QF||NH||B||NH||0/4||B ('18)|
|Asian Championships||A||2R||2R||1R||1R||B||A||2R||A||QF||B||1R||B||QF||NH||0/11||SF ('10, '16, '18)|
|India Satellite||A||W||W||NH||2/2||W ('05, '06)|
Record against selected opponents
Record against Year-end Finals finalists, World Championships semi-finalists, and Olympic quarter-finalists. Accurate as of 18 January 2021.
Nehwal and her family speak the Haryanvi language at home. She is a fan of Shah Rukh Khan and Mahesh Babu. She is in the process of opening a badminton academy in her native state of Haryana.
Nehwal joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in Delhi on 29 January 2020 in the presence of party's national general secretary Arun Singh. Her sister Abu Chandranshu Nehwal also joined the party. She was quoted as saying "Narendra Modi is working hard for the country, and has always inspired me."
- Most Promising Player of the Year (2008) award by Badminton World Federation
- Arjuna Award (2009)
- Padma Shri (2010)
- Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna (2009–2010)
- Padma Bhushan (2016)
- For the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics
- ₹10 million (US$140,000) cash award from the Haryana Government
- ₹5 million (US$70,000) cash award from the Rajasthan Government
- ₹5 million (US$70,000) cash award from the Andhra Pradesh Government
- ₹1 million (US$14,000) cash award from the Badminton Association of India
- Honorary doctorate degree by Mangalayatan University
- Honorary doctorate degree by SRM Institute of Science and Technology
In 2002, sports brand Yonex offered to sponsor Nehwal's kit. As her status and rankings improved, the number of sponsorships also increased. In 2004, Bharat Petroleum signed the rising star. She is one of the athletes supported by Olympic Gold Quest. She endorses Commune Builder, Edelweiss Group, Emami, Fortune Cooking Oil, Godrej No Marks, Herbalife Nutrition, Huawei Honor smartphone. Indian Overseas Bank, Iodex, NECC, Sahara Group, Star Sports, Top Ramen Noodles, Vaseline and Yonex.
Nehwal 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.
In popular culture
- T. S. Sudhir: Saina Nehwal – An Insipirational Biography, Nimby Books (Westland Publications), 2012, ISBN 978-8190657037
- Krishnan, Madhuvanti S. (27 August 2015). "Breaking the jinx". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 25 August 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
- "Here's how coach Pullela Gopichand reacted to Saina Nehwal's Hyderabad homecoming". Deccan Chronicle. 5 September 2017.
- "Saina Nehwal". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
- "BWF World Rankings: Ranking week: 4/2/2015". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- "It's official, Saina Nehwal is World No. 1 badminton player". The Times of India. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
- "BWF World Rankings – BWF". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
- "Saina Nehwal scales historic World No.1 ranking". @businessline.
- Selvaraj, Jonathan (29 March 2015). "Saina Nehwal smashes new mark: First Indian woman to be World No. 1". The Indian Express. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
- "Twitter round: Who says what on Saina Nehwal's Australia Super Series win". Zee News. 12 June 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
- "Commonwealth Youth Games 2008". tournamentsoftware.com. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
- "Vij wins shot put gold". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 10 February 2016. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
- "London 2012 Badminton: Saina Nehwal gets Bronze as Xin Wang withdraws". NDTV. IANS. 5 August 2012. Archived from the original on 12 June 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
- "Saina Nehwal and Co eye another medal, uphill task for men in Thomas and Uber Cup". The Indian Express. Press Trust of India. 14 May 2016. Archived from the original on 14 May 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
- Karmarkar, Amit (18 August 2015). "Lahiri does better than Jeev. Really?". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
- Niumata, Foster. "Badminton boom in India sparked by Saina Nehwal's success". Yahoo! News (16 March 2016). Associated Press. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
- "Saina Nehwal awarded Padma Bhushan". www.sportskeeda.com. 28 March 2016.
- "Saina Nehwal – 18th most charitable athlete". looktothestars.com. 14 August 2015. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
- "Saina Nehwal's father shares adorable photo of Indian star shuttler". Mid Day. 30 April 2018. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
- Haryana again: Luck gifts Saina an Olympics bronze Hindustan Times Quote: "Hisar-born ace shuttler Saina Nehwal on Saturday earned India its third medal at the London Games"
- My Grandmom wanted a Boy: Saina India Today Quote: "The Haryana Government has in the last two years offered several incentives-the highest prize money for medal winners at the Commonwealth Games and a car. This is a welcome sign for sportswomen as it gives them new recognition. All of them are close to me because most are Jats and some of them have told me that I, only 20, am an inspirational icon for them because of the traditional mindset about girls and the khaps that treat women as inferior."
- "Saina Nehwal on Mother's Day: My mum gives me tremendous confidence, she knows I can achieve more". Hindustan Times. 13 May 2018. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
- Kohli, Amrita (10 February 2017). "Saina Nehwal Tweets Hilarious Video Of Her 'Mad Sister'. Prepare To ROFL". NDTV. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
- Chatterjee, Deepshikha (25 September 2016). "Saina Nehwal biography: Age, family, achievements, hobbies and everything you need to know about the Badminton star". Sportskeeda. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
- Get to know Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal, Olympic.org, 18 May 2018.
- "Think higher education! Saina Nehwal: "Don't leave studies"". Careers360. 3 March 2010. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
- "Saina Nehwal | India Medal Hopes | Badminton | Delhi Commonwealth games | Profile | Career – Oneindia News". News.oneindia.in. 24 September 2010. Archived from the original on 4 January 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
- Bharadwaj, Ragini (26 August 2012). "I was into Karate first: Saina Nehwal". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
- "Saina Nehwal gave up karate to embrace badminton". The Times Of India. 6 July 2012. Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
- "Saina Nehwal gave up karate to embrace badminton". Deccan Herald. 6 July 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
- Nehwal, Saina (15 December 2012). Playing to Win. Penguin UK. ISBN 978-81-8475-915-0.
- "Solely Saina Nehwal's decision to shift to Bangalore: Prakash Padukone Academy". The Hindu. 14 January 2020. Retrieved 31 July 2021.
- U. Vimal Kumar (16 January 2021). "Happy to have helped Saina Nehwal come out of 'bad phase'". The Bridge. Retrieved 31 July 2021.
- "Saina Nehwal wins Philippines Open". zeenews.india.com. 27 May 2006. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "Saina goes down in qualifiers". www.rediff.com. 30 May 2006. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
- "Saina loses against Yihan Wang in final". DNA. 11 November 2006. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "All-England champion is Sridhar's latest victim". Indian Express. 16 August 2007. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "A long way to go". sportstar.thehindu.com. 15 December 2007. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "Saina Nehwal wins world junior championship". NDTVSports.com. 3 November 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "FIRE & THRICE". punemirror.indiatimes.com. 2 August 2016. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "Saina Nehwal stuns Chen Wang to enter quarters". www.mykhel.com. 11 August 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "Saina Nehwal out of Beijing Olympics". www.mykhel.com. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "Saina wins Chinese Taipei Open". www.rediff.com. 14 September 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- Anupama Bagri, ed. (26 September 2008). "Saina Nehwal in China Masters semis". m.timesofindia.com. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- Shivani Naik, ed. (9 December 2008). "Saina revels in global fame as Most Promising Player of 2008". archive.indianexpress.com. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
- Shivani Naik, ed. (21 December 2008). "Saina wins praises, not prize money – Indian Express". archive.indianexpress.com. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- PTI (21 June 2009). "Saina Nehwal scripts history, wins Indonesian Open". Rediff. Archived from the original on 12 June 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
- "Saina Nehwal–A force to reckon with in international badminton". www.newindianexpress.com. 16 December 2009. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "Saina Nehwal crashes out of World Super Series". m.timesofindia.com. 5 December 2009. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "Saina, Chetan win singles titles in Syed Modi GP tourney". sports.rediff.com. 20 December 2009. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "Saina crashes out of All England Super Series". www.deccanherald.com. 13 March 2010. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "Saina crashes out of Asian Championship". www.newindianexpress.com. 17 April 2010. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "Saina fights back to win India Open". www.news18.com. 13 June 2010. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "Saina wins Singapore Open Super Series crown". sports.rediff.com. 20 June 2010. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- V. V. Subrahmanyam, ed. (27 June 2010). "Saina Nehwal clinches third Super Series title". www.thehindu.com. Retrieved 27 June 2010.
- Dave Thompson, ed. (27 August 2010). "Lin Dan and Chong Wei exit world championship". mobile.reuters.com. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "Saina Nehwal wins gold medal in women's single". m.economictimes.com. 14 October 2010. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- Rao, Rakesh (14 October 2010). Rakesh Rao (ed.). "Saina wins singles gold". www.thehindu.com. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
- Abdul Nisar, ed. (12 December 2010). "Saina Nehwal wins Hong Kong Open Series". news oneindia.in. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
- Shivani Naik, ed. (22 March 2011). "With perfect-10 at Swiss Open, Saina keeps record intact". indianexpress.com. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "MALAYSIA GPG 2011 Finals – The favourites and Wang prevail". www.badzine.net. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "India beat Thailand to enter Sudirman Cup quarters". indianexpress.com. 24 May 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- M Ratnakar, ed. (27 June 2011). "Saina Nehwal goes down to Wang in Indonesia Open final". m.timesofindia.com. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "Saina and Jwala-Ashwini bloom for India as the men wilt". www.thestar.com. 13 August 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- M Ratnakar, ed. (18 December 2011). "Saina Nehwal first Indian to reach the final of BWF Super Series Finals". m.timesofindia.com. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "Saina Nehwal loses to China's Wang Yihan in World Super Series final". indiatoday.intoday.in. 18 December 2011. Retrieved 18 December 2011.
- "Saina Nehwal defends Swiss Open title". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 18 March 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
- "Saina Nehwal rallies to triumph". www.thehindu.com. 10 June 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
- "Saina Nehwal wins her 3rd Indonesia Open title". www.news18. 17 June 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "Saina Nehwal sails into pre-quarterfinals of London Olympics". m.timesofindia.com. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- Aprameya, ed. (2 August 2012). "Super Saina storms into quarter-finals". www.mykhel.com. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "London Olympics 2012 Badminton: Saina Nehwal vs Tine Baun-As it happened..." zeenews.india.com. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- Mark Phelan, ed. (3 August 2012). "LONDON 2012: DAY 7 – WOMEN'S SINGLES SEMIS: WANG YIHAN ROUTS NEHWAL". olympics.bwfbadminton.com. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "London Olympics: Super Saina wins India's maiden Olympic medal in badminton, claims bronze in playoff". www.indiatoday.in. 4 August 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "India's Saina Nehwal win Denmark Open". www.bbc.com. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- Dev Sukumar, ed. (28 October 2012). "FRENCH OPEN: DAY 6 – FRENCH TOAST FOR DAREN LIEW, MINATSU MITANI AND MA JIN". bwfbadminton.com. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "Saina's Super Series Finals campaign ends, goes down fighting to Li Xuerui in semifinals". www.indiatoday.in. 15 December 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "Saina's loses in semi-finals, All England dream over". www.deccanherald.com. 9 March 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "Double blow for India as Saina, Kashyap bow out of World Championships". www.indiatoday.in. 9 August 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "Saina Nehwal dedicates her Indian Open Title to Gopichand, Parents". news.biharprabha.com. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
- "Saina Nehwal wins Women's Singles Tile of Australian Open 2014". news.biharprabha.com. 29 June 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
- "Saina Nehwal pulls out of 2014 Commonwealth Games". The Economic Times. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- Richard Eaton & Gayle Alleyne, ed. (29 August 2014). "Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 5: Sizzling Sindhu Into Semi-finals". bwfworldchampionships.bwfbadminton.com. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "India's badminton campaign ends at Asian Games 2014". www.news18. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- Dev Sukumar, ed. (16 November 2014). "THAIHOT CHINA OPEN 2014 – DAY 6: KIDAMBI, NEHWAL MAKE HISTORY FOR INDIA". bwfbadminton.com. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- Dev Sukumar, ed. (20 December 2014). "BWF DD WSSF 2014 – Day 4 Session 1: Tai's Magic Floors Nehwal". bwfbadminton.com. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- Dev Sukumar, ed. (25 January 2015). "SYED MODI INTERNATIONAL BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 – REVIEW: PARUPALLI, NEHWAL TRIUMPH". bwfbadminton.com. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- Michael Burke, ed. (8 March 2015). "ALL ENGLAND 2015 Finals – Marin first for Spain". www.badzine.net. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- Jonathan Selvaraj, ed. (29 March 2015). "Saina Nehwal smashes new mark: First Indian woman to be World No. 1". Indianexpress.com. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
- "India Open Super Series 2015: Saina Nehwal wins maiden title". www.india.com. 30 March 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- Dev Sukumar, ed. (14 August 2015). "NEHWAL PREVAILS IN EPIC – QUARTER-FINALS: TOTAL BWF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015". bwfworldchampionships.bwfbadminton.com. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- Saransh Gehlot, ed. (15 August 2015). "Saina Nehwal becomes first Indian to reach the final of World Championships". www.sportskeeda.com. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- Dev Sukumar, ed. (16 August 2015). "CHEN, MARIN RETAIN SINGLES CROWNS – FINALS: TOTAL BWF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015". bwfworldchampionships.bwfbadminton.com. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- Dev Sukumar, ed. (15 November 2015). "IT'S A LEE & LI SHOW! – FINALS: THAIHOT CHINA OPEN 2015". bwfbadminton.com. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- Dev Sukumar, ed. (10 December 2015). "GRITTY NEHWAL DOWNS MARIN – DAY 2: DUBAI WORLD SUPERSERIES FINALS 2015". bwfbadminton.com. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "Badminton Asia Championship: Saina Nehwal loses to Yihan Wang; semi-final jinx continues". www.firstpost.com. 1 May 2016. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- Gayle Alleyne, ed. (12 June 2016). "SAINA BURNS SUN – SINGLES FINALS: XIAMENAIR AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2016". Retrieved 12 June 2016.
- "Rio: Saina Nehwal suffers shock defeat, crashes out of women's singles event". 14 August 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
- "Saina Nehwal was playing with a knee injury, reveals coach Vimal Kumar after Rio Olympics exit". 14 August 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
- Anuradha Santhanam, ed. (18 October 2016). "Saina Nehwal appointed to IOC Athletes' Commission". www.sportskeeda.com. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- Sudeshna Banerjee, ed. (19 December 2016). "Saina Nehwal chosen as Integrity Ambassador by BWF". www.sportskeeda.com. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- Dev Sukumar, ed. (22 January 2017). "NEHWAL BACK TO WINNING WAYS – VICTOR FAR EAST MALAYSIA MASTERS: REVIEW". bwfbadminton.com. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "Saina Nehwal Survives Scare to Reach Semifinals of World Badminton Championships". www.india.com. 26 August 2017. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "World Badminton Championships: Saina Nehwal loses in semis, settles for bronze". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 26 August 2017. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "Senior National Badminton Championships Final: Saina Nehwal wins 21–17, 27–25 against PV Sindhu". Indianexpress.com. 8 November 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
- "Indonesia Masters: Saina Nehwal is no match for the brilliant Tai Tzu Ying in the final". amp.scroll.in. 28 January 2018. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- Dev Sukumar, ed. (16 April 2018). "LEE, NEHWAL TRIUMPHANT – FINALS: XXI COMMONWEALTH GAMES". bwfbadminton.com. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
- Dev Sukumar, ed. (9 April 2018). "GOLDEN DAY FOR INDIA – DAY 5: XXI COMMONWEALTH GAMES". bwfbadminton.com. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
- "Saina, Prannoy lose in semifinals of Asia C'ships". english.manoramaonline.com. 28 April 2018. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "BWF World Championships: Saina Nehwal outgunned by Carolina Marin in quarter-finals". starofmysore.com. 3 August 2018. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "ASIAN GAMES: SAINA NEHWAL BEATS RATCHANOK INTHANON, REACHES SINGLES SEMIFINALS". bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com. 26 August 2018. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "Asian Games 2018: Saina Nehwal ends 36-year old wait, wins badminton bronze medal". www.hindustantimes.com. 27 August 2018. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
- "Denmark Open: Saina loses in final to Tai Tzu Ying". thehindu.com. 21 October 2018. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
- "Syed Modi Open: Saina Nehwal upset by world No 27 in final; Satwik-Chirag, Ashwini-Sikki lose too". amp.scroll.in. 25 November 2018. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "Saina claims Indonesia Masters after injured Marin limps out of final". www.thehindu.com. 27 January 2019. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
- "Badminton Nationals: Saina Nehwal refuses to play on uneven surface, match rescheduled". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 14 February 2019. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
- "Saina Nehwal beats PV Sindhu in Senior Nationals final for second title in a row". indianexpress.com. 16 February 2019. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- "'Feeling Cheated' – Parupalli Kashyap Slams Umpiring After Saina Nehwal's Exit From Badminton World Championships". outlookindia.com. 23 August 2019. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
- Alleyne, Gayle (19 March 2017). "BWF Launches New Events Structure". bwfbadminton.com. Badminton World Federation. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
- Sukumar, Dev (10 January 2018). "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". bwfbadminton.com. Badminton World Federation. Archived from the original on 13 January 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
- "BWF Launches Super Series". Badminton Australia. 15 December 2006. Archived from the original on 6 October 2007.
- "Yonex All England Elevated To BWF Premier Super Series Event". www.ibadmintonstore.com. Archived from the original on 2 October 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
- "Bahniman and Krishna Deka triumph". The Hindu. 8 July 2002. Archived from the original on 5 July 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
- "Double delight for Saina". The Hindu. 17 October 2003. Archived from the original on 9 February 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
- "Chopda, Saina bag double". Deccan Herald. PTI. 9 November 2004. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
- "Saina, Kashyap triumph". The Hindu. 3 December 2005. Archived from the original on 9 February 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
- "Chetan, Saina champions". Deccan Herald. PTI. 29 January 2007. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
- "Big triumph for Kashyap". The Hindu. 19 February 2007. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
- Suryanarayan, S.R. (28 January 2008). "Chetan Anand, Saina Nehwal retain titles". The Hindu. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
- Kalyan, Ashok (12 January 2006). "No stopping Aparna". The Hindu. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
- "Saina Nehwal – Career overview". bwf.tournamentsoftware.com. Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 25 February 2020.
- "Saina creates history, wins Philippines Open". The Hindu. 29 May 2006. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
- "Philippines Open 2007: Draws: WS". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
- "Badminton > Round of 16 Match 40 – Result". Retrieved 2 January 2016.
- "Chetan, Saina in second round". The Hindu. 30 March 2006. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
- "Anup Sridhar advances". The Hindu. 13 April 2007. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
- "Badminton Asia Championships 2008: Draws: WS". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
- "Happy Suwon Badminton Asia Championships 2009: Draws: WS". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
- "Badminton Asia Championships 2012: Draws: WS". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
- "India Satellite 2005: Winners". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
- "INDIA SATELLITE 2006: Winners". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
- Shraddha Kapoor back to her prep for Saina Nehwal biopic, Mumbai Mirror, 25 May 2018.
- PV Sindhu is a top player to beat, says Saina Nehwal, India Times, 5 November 2017.
- "Match of the year: Saina ties the knot with Kashyap". Rediff. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
- PTI (29 January 2020). "Ace badminton player Saina Nehwal joins BJP". The Times of India. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
- "Saina Nehwal, "Inspired By Narendra Sir", Joins BJP Ahead Of Delhi Polls". NDTV.com. 29 January 2020. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
- "Saina named 'The most promising player of the year'". The Times of India. 8 December 2008. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
- "Saina wins Padma Shri". The Times of India. 25 January 2010. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014.
- "Khel Ratna award for Saina Nehwal". The Hindu. 31 July 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
- "Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal awarded the Padma Bhushan". Hindustan Times (25 January 2016). Retrieved 25 January 2016.
- PTI (4 August 2012). "Haryana govt announces Rs 1 crore for Saina Nehwal". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
- PTI (13 August 2012). "Rajasthan announces cash awards for Olympic winners Vijay Kumar, Sushil Kumar, Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal and others – Economic Times". Economictimes.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
- "AP govt announces Rs 50 lakh cash reward for Saina Nehwal". The Times Of India. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
- "BAI announces Rs 10 lakh award for Saina Nehwal". Indian Express. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
- "Now she is Dr. Saina Nehwal". dailybhaskar. 4 November 2012.
- "Saina Nehwal gets honorary doctorate, says her father will be proud of her as he wanted her to be a doctor | Chennai News – Times of India". The Times of India.
- "Olympic Gold Quest". olympicgoldquest.in.
- Saina Nehwal climbs endorsement charts after badminton ratings, The Economic Times, 4 September 2015.
- "Saina endorses Fortune". The Economic Times. 24 September 2009.
- "Herbalife Sponsorship List". sports.herbalife.com. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
- "city/delhi/Saina-Nehwal-is-e-smartphone-Honors-brand-ambassador/articleshow/51618327". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
- "Saina Nehwal: Acing the brand endorsement scene". AFAQ. 31 August 2015.
- "Saina Nehwal signed as brand ambassador by Sahara – Badminton News". Sports.ndtv.com. 18 December 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
- "About Top Ramen". Retrieved 3 January 2020.
- "A Good Sport". 1 April 2015.
- "Yonex renews sponsorship deal with BAI for Rs 100 cr". Indian Television Dot Com. 10 May 2018.
- "Saina Nehwal signs Rs 40cr deal with sports management firm Rhiti Sports". CNN-IBN. 19 September 2012. Archived from the original on 1 March 2013.
- "Saina Nehwal severs ties with Rhiti sports ending Rs 40 crore deal". Sportskeeda. 19 December 2013.
- "The Kapil Sharma Show is the best comedy show, says Saina Nehwal". The Indian Express. 10 May 2019. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
- The Saina Nehwal Story: Birdie's Flight From 1999 to 2015, Skymet, −1 Apr 2015.
- 11 Sports Autobiographies Which Are Bound To Inspire You To Go And Chase Your Dreams, India Times, 8 December 2017.
- Playing to Win: Saina Nehwal.
- "Saina Nehwal shares first poster of her biopic starring Parineeti Chopra, reveals release date". Times Now News. 2 March 2021. Retrieved 11 March 2021.
- "Saina Nehwal hails Parineeti Chopra's film teaser, says 'love the look as mini Saina'". Hindustan Times. 5 March 2021. Retrieved 11 March 2021.
- The Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agriculture University, Hisar will hold a three-day training camp on Mushroom production from September 28, 2015 at Saina Nehwal Agricultural Technology and Training Institute, Public Relations Department, Government of Haryana, 28 September 2015.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Saina Nehwal.|
- Saina Nehwal at BWF.tournamentsoftware.com
- Saina Nehwal at BWFbadminton.com
- Saina Nehwal at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com (archived)
- Saina Nehwal at IMDb
- Saina Nehwal at BadmintonLink.com
- Saina Nehwal first badminton academy at Gaur City at Sportskeeda
- Saina Nehwal Profile and latest news at Sportskeeda
- Interview with Saina Nehwal – "Your Call with Saina Nehwal" on NDTV