Saina Nehwal: The Next Indian Sportstar

Saina Nehwal, the Indian sports star who has taken the Badminton circuit by a storm was born on the 17th of March in 1990 in the city of Hyderabad. Saina Nehwal, whose parents are Harvir Singh, who works as a scientist at the Directorate of Oilseeds Research and Usha Rani, who her self was a Haryana State level champion have given her their full support to shape up her career. She started off with her training under the aegis of S M Arif, who is a Dronacharya Awardee. She currently trains at the Gopi Chand Academy. She has always received ample support from her family in an erstwhile career of sports in India, which is difficult to pursue because of the sponsor limitations and lack of confidence in the public.

Right from the beginning, it was very clear that Saina had immense potential. She was a National Junior champion, and always performed well in all the tournaments in which she has participated at the state and the national level. Over the years, she has made a mark for herself even in the very competitive International circuit.

Her first major break came with The Junior Czech Open, which took place in the year 2003 as Saina Nehwal did the nation proud when she went on to win the tournament. Saina Nehwal also gave her best in the Commonwealth Games of 2004 but could not win a medal. Saina Nehwal also took part in the Junior Asian Championship of 2004.

In 2006, she won the Philippines Open and became the first Indian woman to win a four star badminton tournament. But her success story doesn’t stop here, She went on to become the runner up at the 2006 BWF Junior Championships. She won the more recent Yonex Chinese Taipei Grand Prix, her second Grand Prix and later won the Commonwealth youth games, where she proudly clinched the gold.

Only 18 years old, Saina has a very promising career ahead, and with her performance which only betters itself with each game, she is soon climbing the rankings ladder in International badminton and displacing the former world champions one by one.

Owing to consistent performance and hardwork put in by Saina Nehwal and her parents, she is all set to take up competitive badminton in a big way and win accolades for her country, Saina is one of the most promising young sportspersons India can boast of today.