India’s premier badminton player Saina Nehwal turns 30 today. She has been an epitome of Indian badminton, and has inspired a generation which has taken up Badminton as a sport. Whatever India has achieved in Badminton today, specially in the Women’s Badminton is all due to the legacy of Saina Nehwal. The rise of two girls from Hyderabad, Saina Nehwal and Sania Mirza happened around the same years. While Saina was making a mark for herself in Badminton, Sania was rocking the tennis World.
Saina hit the international headlines at a very young age of 16. She won the Silver in the World Youth Championships in 2006, and followed up with a Gold in 2008. Saina played her first Olympics at the age of 18, and reached the quarters. She went on to win an Olympic Bronze in the next edition at London in 2012. Her 3rd Olympics at Rio, was marred by injury which she carried into the tournament. Her biggest achievements in the court are:-
- World No.1 Ranking in Singles
- Finishing Runners Up at the year ending World Tour Finals
- Finishing Runners Up at the World Championships
- Olympic Bronze Medal
- Finishing Runners Up at All England Open, which the biggest tournament on the Badminton Calendar.
She also has won two Commonwealth Games Gold Medals, and Medals at the Asian Games also.
Saina is married to fellow badminton player Kashyap, who also plays for India. She tied the knot a year back, and both are still playing Singles for India. At 30, she nearly has ticked all the boxes, which a successful Indian sportsperson can aspire for. Her qualification attempt for the Tokyo Olympics is rocked by the cancellation of tournaments to prevent spread of Corona Virus. She hopes to make it to her 4th Olympics.