Saina Nehwal

Saina Nehwal

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Saina Nehwal Profile

  • Name:
  • Saina Nehwal
  • Born:
  • March 17, 1990
  • Born / Home Town:
  • Hisar
  • Father:
  • Dr. Harvir Singh
  • Mother:
  • Usha Nehwal
  • Awards:
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award (2010)

    Padma Bhushan (2016)

  • Achievements:
  • Bronze medal in women’s singles badminton in 2012 Olympics held at London

    Gold medal in women’s singles badminton in 2008 World Championships held at India

    Gold medal in women’s singles badminton in 2010 Commonwealth Games held at Delhi

    Bronze medal in women singles badminton in 2010 Asian Championships held at New Delhi

Saina Nehwal Biography

Saina Nehwal is an Indian badminton player who has won Khel Ratna Award. She got a chance to represent India in 2012 London Olympics and worked her ways to win a bronze in women’s badminton becoming the first Indian to bag an Olympic medal in badminton. Her Chinese rival Wang Xin had to withdraw from the game due her knee injury giving Saina a chance to move to the third position. In 2008 Beijing Olympics Saina was able to proceed to the quarter finals but disappointed in the semi-finals and after four years she was able to accomplish her dream.


She was born on 17th March, 1990. She is ranking 6th in the Badminton World Federation. She also won the World Junior Badminton Championships. Her coach is S. M. Arif, Dronacharya Award winner. Saina Nehwal was born in Hisar, Haryana and was brought up in Hyderabad. Her father is Dr. Harvir Singh, scientist and her mother is Usha Nehwal. Both of them were former badminton champions in Haryana. She has got brown belt in Karate. 1998, Saina received summer coaching at Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium at Hydrabad under the coach Nani Prasad.


She was able to win National Junior Championship in the year 2004 and 2005. In the National Senior Championship 2005, she was a runner up and could win the title in 2006 and 2007. She also won the All India Senior Ranking Tournament 2005 and was the winner at the National Games conducted at Guwahati.


Her international debut was at the India Satellite tournament in 2003. Then she won Junior Czech Open tournament. She could reach the quarter final at the Cheers Asian Satellite tournament 2004 at Singapore. She won Bingo Bonanza Philippines Open title and India Satellite tournament 2006. She won Chinese Taipei Grand Prix Gold tournament in 2008. She was the first Indian Women to reach the quarter final in Badminton in Olympic Games. She lost to Maria Kristin Yulianti of Indonesia.


She was sponsored by Yonex in 2002. Increase in rankings increased the sponsorships. She was taken into the payroll by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited in the year 2004. She got the highest national sporting award Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award on 29th August 2010. 


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 GoI.

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Updated: October 27, 2017

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