Saina Nehwal - The First Indian To Win The Junior World Badminton Championship

Saina Nehwal was born on 17th March 1990 in Hissar, Haryana. She was born to Dr. Harvir Singh and Mrs. Usha Rani. Both her parents were former badminton champions in the state of Haryana. Her parents moved from Haryana to Hyderabad when Sania was five years of age. Dr. Harvir Singh is now a scientist at the Directorate of Oilseeds Research. People in Hissar have started calling Saina as `Steffi Saina' after the legendary Steffi Graf. Dr. Harvir Singh encouraged his daughter to take up badminton at an early age. She started playing at the age of eight under the coaching of Nani Prasad. She was given a tough training schedule from the beginning. She also received training from Mr. S. M. Arif who is a Dronacharya award winning badminton coach and the famous Indonesian Atik Jauhari. Saina Nehwal is currently studying in her second year at St. Ann's College at Mehdipatnam, Hyderabad. Sania Nehwal has been trained at the Pullela Gopichand Academy of Badminton where she has polished her game skills. This Academy has been grooming her game and had sent her to Holland and Denmark for further training. When Saina Nehwal was twelve, a major break at that tender age was winning the Junior Czech Open in 2003. She is the first Indian to win the Junior World Badminton Championship. She then took the Under-19 National Championship in 2004. She won the National Senior Championship in 2006 and 2007. She was declared as the `Most Promising Player' in 2008. She won the Chinese Taipei Open Grand Prix that year. She won the Indonesian Super Series in 2009. Saina Nehwal has become very popular and has been selected as the Brand Ambassador of Deccan Chronicle in Hyderabad. She was also one of the eight brand ambassadors of the Commonwealth Games held in New Delhi in 2010. Saina Nehwal has been enrolled in the Olympic Gold Quest that is being run by Prakash Padukone, Geet Sethi and Leander Paes to support her in realising her dream of winning an Olympic Gold Medal. Saina Nehwal is the first Indian girl to reach the singles quarter finals stage at the Beijing Olympics. She equalled the three consecutive titles achievement of the legendary Prakash Padukone who had won the Swedish, Danish and the all England Championship in the year 1980. Saina Nehwal was awarded with the Padma Shri in January 2010. She was also awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award earlier this year for her splendid performance in international tournaments. Her first major achievement in the year 2010 was reaching the semi finals of the All England Super Series. Saina Nehwal is currently ranked fifth in the world by the World Badminton Federation. Earlier this year, she has won the Swiss Open Grand Prix Trophy against the Korean Player Ji Hyun Sung in Switzerland. In the month of June, she crashed out of the Thailand Open in the quarter finals stage. Saina Nehwal is regarded as the best female Indian badminton player from India. She is India's brightest prospect for an Olympic Gold Medal at London in 2012.

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