Saina Nehwal is an Indian professional badminton player and considered as the queen of Indian badminton. She is one the finest player in women’s badminton, the world has ever seen. She made every Indian proud, when she won bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympics. Along with PV Sindhu, she is the rock-star of Indian badminton.
Born in 1990, she is the only Indian female badminton player from India to become world no. 1. Throughout her career, she won more than 20 international titles. People often credited Saina to bring badminton to the national scene and make it popular in India.
Saina Nehwal : Early Life and Personal Details
Saina Nehwal was born on 17 march, 1990, in Hisar, Haryana to Harvir Singh Nehwal and Usha Nehwal. She grew up in Hisar and Hyderabad with her elder sister. She completed her higher secondary education from St. Ann’s College, Mehdipatnam, Hyderabad.
Saina Nehwal is fondly called as Steffi Saina by her mother as she has been a huge fan of tennis star Steffi Graff. She is 5 feet 5 inches tall with black hair and black eyes. Apart form badminton, she prefers to travel new destination in her free time. Although, she doesn’t watch movies often, she is a big fan of Shah Rukh Khan.
Due to her busy schedule, she doesn’t have time for a boyfriend and romance. Our badminton queen has yet to find her king. At present, she is love with her favorite food; Aloo paratha and kiwi. This young athlete used to hold a brown belt in Karate in her teens.
Saina Nehwal : Career
Saina is from a badminton background as both her parents were state level badminton champions for Haryana. At the age of 8, she started playing badminton and later joined to the Gopichand Badminton Academy. Due to her sheer determination, hard work, passion and love for the sports, she developed into an excellent player.
Saina introduced herself to the badminton world, when she became the under under-19 national champion in 2006. At that time, she was only 16-year-old. In the same year, she won the Philippines Open. She further continued her journey by becoming the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championships in 2008.
She further established her name in the badminton world by winning many competitions; 1st position in the BWF Super Series in 2009, gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
I really would like to thank my physios Heath Mathews , Chandan Poddar and @arvind_sportsphysio for the Malaysia Masters title.. In four months from knee surgery to the title it was very tough and emotional journey for me ..I would also like to thank my coaches Vimal Kumar sir and @umendrarana sir for supporting me throughout this journey …🙏🙏
Saina Nehwal : Records
In her decade long career, Sania achieved huge success and holds many records. In 2015, she became the first female badminton player from India to become world no. 1. Saina is the first player to win the Asian Satellite badminton tournament twice and World Super series thrice. With more than 20 international titles, she established herself as the leading figure in badminton.
Saina Nehwal : Awards
Saina Nehwal is one of the most decorated and celebrated sports personality in India. At the tender age of 18 years, Badminton World Federation named Saina as the Most Promising Player of the Year (2008).
She further received the prestigious Arjuna Award in 2009, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2010 and the Padma Shri Award in 2010. In 2016, she received Padma Bhushan and was appointed as a member of the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission.
Saina Nehwal : Net Worth
The present estimated net worth of Saina is $15 Million. She makes huge income from badminton and advertisement endorses brands such as Fortune Cooking Oil, Herbal Life and Top Ramen noodles. She owns a stylish BMW car, which was gifted by Sachin Tendulkar.
Saina Nehwal established herself as a true youth icon as well as one of the top earning sports persons in India. She always carries million of dreams and hopes in her shoulder and deliver as well. At last, she is only 26 years old and hasn’t finished yet!