News By/Courtesy: ANSHIKA JAIN | 03 Sep 2020 10:55am IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Saina Nehwal is a professional badminton player
  • She attained the world no. 1 rank in 2015
  • She has won the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, the highest sporting honor in India

Saina Nehwal is a professional badminton singles player from India. She has won over 24 international titles including seven super series titles. In 2009, she attained the world no. 2 rankings whereas, in 2015, she climbed to world no. 1 ranking. Saina has represented India three times in the Olympics and she won a bronze medal in her second appearance.

Saina’s family relocated to Hyderabad from Haryana, and Saina was 8 when she started her badminton training. Both her parents are renowned badminton players and play a great role in Saina’s success. Saina started her training at Lal Bahadur Stadium and received her first training from Nani Prasad. She was also trained by other renowned instructors, namely S. M. Arif and Pullela Gopichand. 

Saina was attracted to badminton mainly because it was her parents’ dream to be national players. Saina had badminton in her genes and her first exposure to badminton came when she used to go in a pram to the club where her mother used to play badminton.

Saina started an early career but the expenses were too much for her parents to bear. It was at this time that she started winning tournaments and sponsors started taking interest in her, and things gradually took a turn.

Amongst the many titles, Saina also won a silver medal in the 2004 Commonwealth Games and a bronze medal in the 2012 Olympics. She was given the Arjuna Award in 2009 and the Padma Bhushan in 2016. She has also won the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award which is the highest sporting honor in India.

Saina’s success story teaches us all to never give up whatever the situation be and that fighting through difficulties makes a person strong. Saina once woke up with blisters on her leg but she did not stop and appeared for the match that was scheduled for that day. Saina mentioned that she was happy to have won a match when she was unwell and that she was elated with her fighting spirit. Saina had suffered numerous injuries being a sportsperson but that didn’t stop her and make her disheartened. She came back with zeal and later went on to win the Australian Open Trophy.

Saina’s success story teaches everyone to be determined about their dreams and work towards them with enthusiasm and willpower. Saina mentioned that it is important to enjoy the victories as one works hard to achieve them.

Saina Nehwal is now working on building her academy to help all those who are passionate about badminton.

 

This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion, etcetera. This article is based purely on the author’s personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 03 Sep 2020 11:50am IST


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