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Saina Nehwal
Saina Nehwal in 2011.jpg
Nehwal in 2011
Personal information
Birth name Saina Nehwal
Country  India
Born (1990-03-17) 17 March 1990 (age 28)
Hissar, Haryana, India[1][2]
Residence Hyderabad, India[3]
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)[4]
Weight 66 kg (146 lb)
Handedness Right-handed
Coach Pullela Gopichand
Women's singles
Career title(s) 23
Highest ranking 1 (2 April 2015[5][6])
Current ranking 10 (18 October 2018[7])
BWF profile

Saina Nehwal (About this sound pronunciation  ) (born 17 March 1990) is an Indian professional badminton singles player. A former world no. 1, she has won over 23 international titles, which include ten 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.[8][9][10][11]

Nehwal has achieved several milestones in badminton for India. She is the only Indian to have won at least a 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, along with being the only Indian to have won the BWF World Junior Championships or to have reached to the final of the BWF World Championships.[12] 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.[13] 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,[14] she is credited for increasing the popularity of badminton in India.[15] 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 Rajiv Gandhi 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.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Saina Nehwal, the second daughter of Dr. Harvir Singh Nehwal and Usha Rani Nehwal, was born in Hisar.[1][17][18][19] She has only one sibling, an elder sister named Chandranshu Nehwal.[20][19][21] Her father, who has a PhD in agricultural science,[22] worked at Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University.[23] She completed her first few years of schooling at Campus School CCS HAU, Hisar.[23] She did her Xll from St. Ann's College for Women at Mehdipatnam in Hyderabad.[21]

When her father was promoted and transferred from Haryana to Hyderabad,[22][24] she took up badminton age eight to express herself as she did not know the local language to socialise with other kids.[22] Her parents played badminton for a number of years.[22] Her mother, Usha Rani, was a state level badminton player in Haryana.[19][22] Nehwal took up badminton to fulfill her mother's dream of becoming a national level badminton player, while her sister played volleyball.[19] Her father, who was among the top players in the university circuit, used his provident fund to invest in good badminton training for her.[21] Nehwal also has a brown belt in karate.[25]

She and her family still speak the Haryanvi language at home.[26] She is a fan of Shahrukh Khan and Mahesh Babu.[18] She is in the process of opening a badminton academy in her native state of Haryana.[27]

She is all set to marry Parupalli Kashyap in a private ceremony on December 16, 2018.

2006–2009[edit]

In 2006, Nehwal 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 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.[28][29] Entering the tournament as the 86th seed, she 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 Nehwal 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 Nehwal 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.[30] Maria Yulianti had earlier lost her quarter-final match to Pia Bernadet, Nehwal's semi-final opponent, thus denying Nehwal a rematch. Nehwal was named "The Most Promising Player" in 2008.[31] She reached the world super series semifinals in the month of December 2008.[32]

In June 2009, she became the first Indian to win a BWF Super Series title,[33] 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 on a 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.

2010[edit]

Nehwal successfully led the Indian Women's Team to the Quarter-finals stage of the 2010 Uber Cup finals. She 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 Nehwal reached the semifinals of Yonex Sunrise Badminton Asia Championships 2010, losing out to unseeded eventual champion Li Xuerui of China. Her coach 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. She won a prize 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. Nehwal 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 took a little sheen away from her path breaking victory. She won a prize of $15,000 for winning this BWF Super Series tournament. Nehwal reached a career high of world no. 3 in the women's singles badminton world rankings on 24 June 2010.[34] She defended her Indonesia Open super series title in three tough games against Sayaka Sato of Japan, 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.[35] She again won the top prize of $18,750 for winning this BWF Super Series tournament. 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. She 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 Nehwal won the gold medal in the Women's Singles badminton event in the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in New Delhi.[36] She beat 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".[37] 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, Nehwal 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.[38] As on 5 December 2010, for the first time in the year Nehwal dropped out of the top 10 best performers in the 2010 BWF Super Series rankings.

Nehwal confirmed her participation for the 2010 Hong Kong Super series to held from 7 to 12 December 2010, the penultimate super series tournament of the year. This would be her first super series tournament 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.[39]

2011[edit]

Fourth-seed Nehwal crashed out of the 2011 Korea Open Super Series Premier on 27 January 2011 in the second round. She was defeated by the Japanese Sayaka Sato in a tight three-set match with score 17–21, 21–19 and 21–11. Fifth-seed Nehwal 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 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. Nehwal 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.

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. 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 and 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, Nehwal 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. Nehwal lost to Li Xuerui of China in the quarterfinals of the Thailand Open GP Gold.

Defending champion Nehwal lost to Cheng Shao-chieh of Chinese Taipei in the second round of Singapore Open Super Series. Nehwal, 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 the 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. Nehwal, who reached the quarterfinals in the last two editions of the event, had to be content with yet another last-eight finish. She lost in the quarter finals of 2011 China Masters Super Series against World No. 1 Wang Yihan of China in straight games, 8–21, 12–21. Nehwal lost in the 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.[40] Nehwal repeated her 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. Nehwal 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.[41]

Nehwal was defeated in the first round of the 2011 China Open Super Series Premier by World No. 8 Bae Youn-joo of South Korea 21–15, 22–24, 15–21.[42] During the season ending tournament in December, Nehwal created history by becoming the first Indian singles player to reach the final of the 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).[43] 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.[44]

2012–2013[edit]

Nehwal successfully did her Swiss Open Title by defeating World No 2 Wang Shixian of China 21–19 21–16 on 18 March 2012,[45] a day after she turned 22 years old. On 10 June 2012, she defeated Thailand's Ratchanok Inthanon 19–21 21–15 21–10, to lift the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold title.[46]

On 17 June 2012, Nehwal won the Indonesia Open Super Series by defeating World No. 3 Li Xuerui of China 13–21, 22–20 21–19.[47][48] It was her third Indonesia Open title.[49] 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.[50][not in citation given] On 21 October 2012, she won the Denmark Open Super Series Premier after defeating Wang Yihan 21–12 12–7 in the semifinal.[51] Yihan retired, hurt, in this match after losing the first set and trailing in the second. In the final Nehwal defeated Juliane Schenk of Germany in two straight sets to lift her first Denmark open trophy.[52]

2014[edit]

On 26 January 2014 Nehwal 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.[53] On March,2014 World No. 4 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.[54] She took revenge of the All England loss by defeating Wang Shixian in the semifinals of 2014 Australian Super Series. In final on June 29, 2014 Nehwal defeated Spain's Carolina Marin 21–18, 21–11 to win Women's Singles of the 2014 Australian Super Series.[55] The win helped her to reach the ranking of World no. 7, climbing two spots.

She became the first Indian woman to win the China Open Super Series Premier by beating Japan's Akane Yamaguchi 21–12, 22–20 in the final.

2015[edit]

Defending champion Nehwal won the 2015 India Open Grand Prix Gold by defeating Spain's Carolina Marin in the final. She became the first Indian woman shuttler to reach the finals of the All England Open Badminton Championships, but lost to Carolina in the final. On 29 March 2015, Nehwal 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 2. Thus, she became the first Indian women's player to be World No. 1 in badminton.[56] On 16 August 2015, Nehwal went down fighting to Carolina Marin again, in the final of the World Badminton Championships held in Jakarta, settling for the silver. Defending champion Nehwal fought hard before going down to Li Xuerei in the final of the China open.

2016[edit]

Nehwal dealt with injuries in early 2016 but she eventually recovered. The defending champion lost to the reigning Olympic champion Li Xuerui in a hard fought match at the India Open in the semifinals. She registered semifinal finishes at the India Open and Malaysia Open. She reached the semifinals of the Badminton Asia Championships after defeating the third seed Wang Shixian (21–16, 21–19) in the quarterfinals, but lost to Wang Yihan in the semifinals. She settled for bronze, her second in the Asian Championships after 2010. In June 2016, she competed at the Indonesia Open Superseries Premier. She reached the quarterfinals where she lost to the top seed Carolina Marin with the score of 22–24, 11–21.[57]

At the Australian Super Series, after registering victories in straight games against unseeded players, Nehwal reached the quarterfinals, where she won a hard-fought match against the second seed Ratchanok Intanon, 28–26, 21–16.[58] After registering victory in the semifinals against the world no. 2 Wang Yihan by 21–8, 21–12, she won her first title of the year after defeating China's Sun Yu in the final by 11–21, 21–14, 21–19.[59][60]

Making her third appearance at the Olympics, Nehwal, the fifth seed, won her opening match against the unseeded Lohaynny Vicente in straight games.[61] However, she lost her second match against the world no. 61 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.[62]

2017[edit]

Nehwal entered 2017 with maiden Malaysia open Grand Prix Gold title. She went on to reach the quarterfinals of the All England Championships 2018. She couldn't do well much of the year due to injury; she was still recovering. In August she was seeded 12th in the World Badminton Championships at Glasgow. Nehwal again dug deep into her reservoir to eke out a 21-19 18-21 21-15 win over world No. 31 Kristy Gilmour of Scotland in the quarterfinal. However, she lost in the semifinal in a tight 3 setter to eventual winner Nozomi Okhuhara of Japan, thus winning the bronze medal. This was Nehwal's second consecutive medal at World Badminton Championship and a record breaking 7th consecutive quarterfinal.[63][64] She then won the 82nd national badminton championship by beating P. V. Sindhu in the final.

2018[edit]

Nehwal had a good start to the year, reaching the finals of the Indonesia Masters 2018. En route to the finals she beat Chen Yufei, Chen Xioxin (both of China), P.V. Sindhu in the quarterfinal and Ratchanok Intanon in the semis. 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 badminton 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 Asian Games, Nehwal made history by winning the first Asian badminton medal for India by a woman. She went down fighting to Tai Tzu Ying in the semifinal, winning a bronze medal. She achieved a rare feat by winning medals from the prestigious quintet of badminton tournaments - the Olympics, the World Championships, the Commonwealth Games, the Asian Championships and the Asian Games.

Achievements[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

2012 Summer Olympics – Women's singles
Round Opponent Score Result
Group stage Switzerland Sabrina Jaquet 21–9, 21–5 Win
Group stage Belgium Lianne Tan 21–4, 21–14 Win
Round of 16 Netherlands Yao Jie 21–14, 21–16 Win
Quarterfinal Denmark Tine Baun 21–15, 22–20 Win
Semifinal China Wang Yihan 13–21, 13-21 Lost
Bronze Medal Match China Wang Xin 18–21, 0–1r Bronze Bronze

BWF World Championships[edit]

2017 BWF World Championships – Women's singles
Round Opponent Score Result
First round - - Bye
Second round Switzerland Sabrina Jaquet 21–11, 21–12 Win
Third round South Korea Sung Ji-hyun 21–19, 21–15 Win
Quarterfinal Scotland Kirsty Gilmour 21–19, 18–21, 21–15 Win
Semifinal Japan Nozomi Okuhara 21–12, 17–21, 10–21 Bronze Bronze
2015 BWF World Championships – Women's singles
Round Opponent Score Result
First round - - Bye
Second round Hong Kong Cheung Ngan Yi 21–13, 21–9 Win
Third round Japan Sayaka Takahashi 21–18, 21–14 Win
Quarterfinal China Wang Yihan 21–15, 19–21, 21–19 Win
Semifinal Indonesia Lindaweni Fanetri 21–17, 21–17 Win
Final Spain Carolina Marín 16–21, 19–21 Silver Silver

Commonwealth Games[edit]

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2018 Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre, Gold Coast, Australia India P. V. Sindhu 21–18, 23–21 Gold Gold
2010 Siri Fort Sports Complex, New Delhi, India Malaysia Wong Mew Choo 19–21, 23–21, 21–13 Gold Gold

Asian Games[edit]

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2018 Istora Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta, Indonesia Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 17–21, 14–21 Bronze Bronze

Asian Championships[edit]

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2018 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 25–27, 19–21 Bronze Bronze
2016 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China China Wang Yihan 16–21, 14–21 Bronze Bronze
2010 Siri Fort Indoor Stadium, New Delhi, India China Li Xuerui 17–21, 11–21 Bronze Bronze

BWF World Junior Championships[edit]

Girls' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2008 Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune, India Japan Sayaka Sato 21–9, 21–18 Gold Gold
2006 Samsan World Gymnasium, Incheon, South Korea China Wang Yihan 13–21, 19–21 Silver Silver

BWF World Tour[edit]

The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[65] is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour is divided into six levels: World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.[66]

Women's singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result
2018 Denmark Open Super 750 Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying
2018 Indonesia Masters Super 500 Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 9–21, 13–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

BWF Superseries[edit]

The BWF Superseries, 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 has two levels: Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, introduced in 2011, with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year's end.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2016 Australian Open China Sun Yu 11–21, 21–14, 21–19 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2015 China Open China Li Xuerui 12–21, 15–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 India Open Thailand Ratchanok Intanon 21–16, 21–14 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2015 All England Open Spain Carolina Marín 21–16, 14–21, 7–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2014 China Open Japan Akane Yamaguchi 21–12, 22–20 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2014 Australian Open Spain Carolina Marín 21–18, 21–11 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2012 French Open Japan Minatsu Mitani 19–21, 11–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 Denmark Open Germany Juliane Schenk 21–17, 21–8 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2012 Indonesia Open China Li Xuerui 13–21, 22–20, 21–19 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2011 BWF Super Series Finals China Wang Yihan 21–18, 13–21, 13–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Indonesia Open China Wang Yihan 21–12, 21–23, 14–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 Hong Kong Open China Wang Shixian 15–21, 21–16, 21–17 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2010 Indonesia Open Japan Sayaka Sato 21–19, 13–21, 21–11 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2010 Singapore Open Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 21–18, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2009 Indonesia Open China Wang Lin 12–21, 21–18, 21–9 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
     BWF Superseries Finals tournament
     BWF Superseries Premier tournament
     BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand Prix[edit]

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels: Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007. The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) since 1983.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2017 Malaysia Masters Thailand Pornpawee Chochuwong 22-20, 22-20 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2015 Syed Modi International Spain Carolina Marín 19–21, 25–23, 21–16 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2014 Syed Modi International India P. V. Sindhu 21–14, 21–17 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2012 Thailand Open Thailand Ratchanok Inthanon 19–21, 21–15, 21–10 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2012 Swiss Open China Wang Shixian 21–19, 21–16 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2011 Swiss Open South Korea Sung Ji-hyun 21–13, 21–14 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2011 Malaysia Masters China Wang Xin 21–13, 8–21, 14–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 India Open China Wong Mew Choo 20–22, 21–14, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2008 Chinese Taipei Open Malaysia Lydia Cheah 12–21, 21–18, 21–9 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2006 Philippines Open Malaysia Julia Wong Pei Xian 21–15, 22–20 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF & IBF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series[edit]

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2007 India International Japan Kanako Yonekura 13–21, 18–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

National titles and runners-up[edit]

National Junior/Senior titles (12)[edit]

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 [67]
2 2002 Sub-Junior National Badminton Championship Under 13 Doubles Pizza Bharali Mudra Dhainje / Fernaz Jasdanwala 11–5, 11–4 [67]
3 2002 Sub-Junior National Badminton Championship Under 16 Doubles Aparna Balan Manisha Eswarappa / Y. K. Subrata 11–2, 11–3 [67]
4 2003 Sub-Junior National Badminton Championship Under 16 Singles N/A Anjali Kalita 11–3, 11–13, 11–2 [68]
5 2003 Sub-Junior National Badminton Championship Under 16 Doubles Jyotshna P G. M. Nischitha / Madhuri Vijay 15–6, 15–7 [68]
6 2004 Junior National badminton championships Under 19 Singles N/A Ridhi Pajwani 11–2, 11–4 [69]
7 2004 Junior National badminton championships Under 19 Doubles Aparna Balan T. Soumya / Ashwini Chowdary 15–6, 15–10 [69]
8 2005 Junior National badminton championships Under 19 Singles N/A Aditi Mutatkar 11–5, 13–10 [70]
9 2005 Junior National badminton championships Under 19 Doubles Aparna Balan V. Ruth Misha / Saumya Padhye 15–2,15–4 [70]
10 2007 Senior National Badminton Championships Senior Singles N/A Aditi Mutatkar 21–19, 21–16 [71]
11 2007 National Games Senior Singles N/A Aditi Mutatkar 24–22, 21–15 [72]
12 2008 Senior National Badminton Championships Senior Singles N/A Trupti Murgunde 21–11, 21–10 [73]
13 2017 Senior National Badminton Championships Senior Singles N/A P. V. Sindhu 21–17, 27–25

National Junior/Senior runners-up (1)[edit]

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 [74]

Career overview[edit]

* Statistics were last updated on 4 June 2016.[75]

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Key
W F SF QF #R RR Q# A SF-B S G NH N/A
Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 SR Best
BWF events
BWF World Junior Championships 2R NH S A G N/A 1/3 W ('08)
BWF World Championships NH A 1R 3R NH QF QF QF NH QF QF S NH B 0/8 F ('15)
Olympics N/A NH QF NH B NH RR 0/3 SF ('12)
BWF Super Series
England All England Super Series Premier N/A 2R 1R 1R SF QF QF SF QF F QF 0/10 F ('15)
India India Open Super Series NH N/A 1R 2R 2R QF W SF 1/6 W ('15)
Malaysia Malaysia Super Series Premier N/A Absent QF QF A SF SF 2R SF SF 0/7 SF ('12, '13, '15, '16)
Singapore Singapore Open Super Series N/A A SF QF W 2R A QF 1R Absent 1/6 W ('10)
Indonesia Indonesia Super Series Premier N/A A 2R W W F W SF QF QF QF 3/9 W ('09, '10, '12)
Australia Australian Open Super Series N/A W QF W 2/3 W ('14, '16)
Japan Japan Open Super Series N/A A 1R 1R A SF Absent 2R A 0/4 SF ('11)
South Korea Korea Open Super Series N/A Absent 2R A 2R QF QF Absent A 0/4 QF ('12, '13)
Denmark Denmark Super Series Premier N/A 1R A QF A 2R W QF QF 2R A 1/7 W ('12)
France French Open Super Series N/A Absent QF A 2R F 2R QF QF A 0/6 F ('12)
China China Open Super Series Premier N/A 1R 1R 2R A 1R A 2R W F 1R 1/7 W ('14)
Hong Kong Hong Kong Open Super Series N/A 1R QF 1R W QF 2R 2R QF A QF 1/8 W ('10)
Switzerland Swiss Open Super Series N/A 1R 2R QF A N/A 0/3 QF ('09)
China China Masters Super Series NH N/A A SF Absent QF Absent N/A 0/2 SF ('08)
BWF Super Series Masters Finals NH SF SF A F SF RR SF RR A 0/7 F ('11)
BWF Grand Prix Gold and Grand Prix
Malaysia Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold NH QF A F Absent W 1/3 W ('17)
India Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold N/A NH W Absent 1R NH W W A 3/4 W ('09, '14, '15)
Switzerland Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold N/A W W SF QF A SF 2/5 W ('11, '12)
Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei Grand Prix Gold N/A A W Absent 1/1 W ('08)
Thailand Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold N/A 1R QF A NH QF W QF NH A A 1/5 W ('12)
India India Open Grand Prix Gold NH 2R QF W N/A 1/3 W ('10)
Macau Open Grand Prix Gold Absent QF 0/1 QF ('16)
Other Events
Commonwealth Games NH 3R[76] NH G NH A NH 1/2 W ('10)
Asian Games NH 2R NH QF NH QF NH 0/3 QF ('10, '14)
Asian Championships Absent 2R[77] 2R[78] 1R[79] 1R[80] B A 2R[81] Absent QF B 0/8 SF ('10, '16)
Philippines Open NH W[82] 1R[83] NH A NH 1/2 W ('06)
India Satellite A W[84] W[85] NH 2/2 W ('05, '06)
Year-end ranking[86] 8 4 3 3 8 4 2 10

Record against top ranked players[edit]

Record against Super Series finalists, World Championships semifinalists and Olympic quarterfinalists (as of 12 June 2016):[87]

Opponent Record Opponent Record Opponent Record
Spain Carolina Marin 5–4 China Wang Yihan 5–11 China Wang Xin 3–4
China Jiang Yanjiao 0–5 China Lu Lan 4–1 China Wang Lin 2–4
China Li Xuerui 2–12 China Xie Xingfang 0–2 China Wang Shixian 7–7
Denmark Tine Baun 5–4 Germany Juliane Schenk 8–4 Chinese Taipei Cheng Shao-Chieh 3–1
Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 5–11 South Korea Bae Yeon-ju 9–4 South Korea Sung Ji-hyun 9–2
Japan Eriko Hirose 4–5 Japan Nozomi Okuhara 6–2 Japan Minatsu Mitani 6–4
Bulgaria Petya Nedelcheva 6–2 France Pi Hongyan 1–5 Hong Kong Yip Pui Yin 6–2
Hong Kong Zhou Mi 1–3 Hong Kong Wang Chen 1–3 Malaysia Wong Mew Choo 5–2
Thailand Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 8–1 Thailand Ratchanok Inthanon 9–5 Indonesia Lindaweni Fanetri 3–1
Indonesia Maria Kristin Yulianti 0–1 China Zhang Ning 0–1 China Zhu Lin 2–2
Belgium Lianne Tan 1–0 Russia Ella Diehl 5–0 Japan Sayaka Sato 5–1
India P. V. Sindhu 3–1 China Sun Yu 6–2 Ukraine Larisa Griga 1–0