SAINA NEHWAL - A TRUE HEROINESaina Nehwal was born in 1990, into a Jat family fromHaryana, though she has spent all her life in Hyderabad.Both her parents were badminton champions and Sainafell in love with the sport at an early age. From then on,there was no looking back and today Saina Nehwal isranked the world number 2 female badminton player, anincredible achievement.Saina Nehwal made history on June 21, 2009, becomingthe first Indian to win a Super Series tournament, byclinching the Indonesia Open with a stunning victory overhigher-ranked Chinese, Wang Lin, in Jakarta. Saina wonher second career Super Series title by winning theSingapore Open title on June 20, 2010. She completed ahat-trick in the same year by winning the Indonesian Openon June 27, 2010. This win resulted in her rise to 3rdranking and subsequently to Number 2.Saina’s mentor is former All England Champion andnational coach, Pullela Gopichand. Saina was named MostPromising Player in 2008. This was also the year whenshe remarkably reached the quarter-finals of the 2008Beijing Olympics, making her country proud. She wasrewarded with the Arjuna Award in 2009, and in 2010 shereceived the Padma Shri from the President of India. Shehas achieved a lot already in her young career.Saina said, coming in to the 2010 badminton season, thatshe wanted to focus more on the premier tournamentsrather than ranking points. This has definitely been workingin her favour in 2010. So far, as she has won 3 titles andreached the semis of two big tournaments.What makes Saina special is that she is not as big andwell-built as the strong Chinese badminton players andyet she manages to over-power them! Also, she is mentallyvery strong. She never seems to lose her cool on the courtand remains calm and composed. At such a young age shehas accomplished so much and yet she is so humble. Shedoesn’t strive for accolades and awards, she strives forexcellence. That’s why she is at the top of the game at themoment. She is without a doubt the most successful femaleIndian badminton player. Saina is a great role model forall Indians.Saina Nehwal is the picture of hardwork, effort,determination, dedication and triumph. She started outsmall and is now a global superstar. She is known the worldover and is still only 20 years old. She is a great playerand can only grow form strength to strength. She has madeIndia proud!
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