Saina Nehwal (सायना नेहवाल), Indian badminton's wonder girl, became the first Indian woman to win a four-star badminton event when she clinched the Philippines Open in Pasig City, Manila, in May of 2006. She was decorated with country's prestigious civilian award Padma Shri on 26 January 2010. She is winner of Gold Medal in women's badminton singles in Commonwealth Games 2010 at Delhi.
She was born on March 17, 1990. Her parents Dr. Harvir Singh, a Principal Scientist at the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and Usha Rani were former State champions in Haryana. Harbeer Singh's home town is Dhindar village in Distt Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh.
Indian badminton's latest find Saina Nehwal defeated eight-time reigning National champion Aparna Popat in straight games in the final of the Asian Satellite Badminton Championship in New Delhi to the surprise of everyone.
The teen wonder has badminton in her blood. Her parents Dr. Harvir Singh, a Principal Scientist at the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and Usha Rani were former State champions in Haryana.
Saina is a very humble and god fearing girl.Saina's talent was noticed when she was just nine and former all England champion P. Gopichand took her under his wing when she was 13. She is a 12th standard student.
She was born at Hisar and studied upto 3rd standard at Campus School CCS HAU Hisar.Her uncle Dr.Jaivir Singh is Sr.Scientist in the Department of Plant Breeding at CCS HAU Hisar. Recently she was runner up in the world Junior Badminton Championship held at Incheon,Korea.On 17th November,2006, she won Asian Satellite Badminton Championship held at Mumbai.
Her dream is to win a medal in the Olympic games.Baminton star, Saina is now world number 6.
Saina Nehwal wins Indonesian Open
Ace woman shuttler Saina Nehwal on Sunday, 21 June 2009, scripted history by becoming the first Indian to win a Super Series tournament after she clinched the Indonesian Open title with a stunning victory over higher ranked Chinese Lin Wang in Jakarta.
Saina clinched her maiden Super Series title beating Wang 12-21, 21-18, 21-9 in an edge-of-the-seat thriller that lasted 49 minutes.
Her triumph is the best ever performance by any Indian woman and at par with All England Championship titles won by Prakash Padukone and her current coach Pullela Gopichand.
In the thrilling final, world number eight Saina came from behind to outsmart world number three Wang and avenge her last week's Singapore Open Super Series loss to the same rival.
Saina took time to get into the groove as she struggled to gauge the gameplan of Wang in the first game. Wang opened a 4-9 lead and rode on her smashes and better net play o pocket the first game as Saina was left to do the catch up act.
But the Indian ace rallied her way back in the second game. Saina levelled the score at 5-5 and then moved together with her Chinese rival till 17-17 before surging ahead to pocket the second game 21-18.
In the decider, Saina was in her attacking best besides displaying better nerves in crucial moments.
After moving neck and neck till 7-7, Saina went berserk by engaging her rival in soft dribble and net play to widen the gap at 15-9 before reeling off six straight points to seal her place in history.
Hailing Saina's victory as an important milestone in Indian badminton, Badminton Association of India announced a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh as a recognition of her feat.
"It is a big moment in Indian badminton. We are proud of her achievement. We are announcing a cash reward of Rs two lakhs as an acknowledgment of Saina's hard work and achievement," BAI president V K Verma said.
"It is a moment to cherish for Indian sports. Saina has put up a lot of hard work but I will also want to thank the Sports Ministry for their support and financial help," he added.
Saina Nehwal wins Singapore Open
20 जून 2010 : भारत की सर्वश्रेष्ठ बैडमिंटन खिलाड़ी सायना नेहवाल ने सिंगापुर ओपन सुपर सीरीज का खिताब अपने नाम कर लिया है। रविवार को खेले गए फाइनल मुकाबले में सायना ने चीनी ताइपे की जू यिंग तेई को 21-18, 21-15 से मात दी।
महिला सिंगल्स के इस मुकाबले में यिंग तेई शुरू में सायना को चुनौती दी और एक समय दोनों खिलाड़ी 18-18 की बराबरी पर थीं। लेकिन इसके बाद सायना यिंग तेई के ऊपर हावी हो गईं और पहला गेम 21-18 से जीतने के बाद सायना ने दूसरा गेम 21-15 से जीतकर खिताब पर कब्जा कर लिया। सायना ने महज 33 मिनट में यह मुकाबला जीत लिया। इस टूर्नामेंट में सायना को पहली वरीयता दी गई थी।
इससे पहले सेमीफाइनल में सायना ने लैन ल्यू को संघर्षपूर्ण मुकाबले में 8-21, 21-17, 21-8 से मात दी थी। दुनिया की छठे नंबर की सायना इससे पहले पिछले साल इंडोनेशिया सुपर सीरीज का खिताब भी अपने नाम कर चुकी है। यह सायना का दूसरा सुपर सीरीज खिताब है। इंडोनेशिया खिताब भी सायना ने जून के महीने में ही जीता था। सायना शानदार फॉर्म में चल रही हैं पिछले सप्ताह ही सायना ने इंडियन ओपन ग्रांप्री गोल्ड का खिताब जीता था।
Arjun Award 2009
20 year old Saina has received Arjun Award for Badminton for 2009 from President Smt. Pratibha Patil at Rastrapati Bhawan,New Delhi on Aug.29,2009. She is ranked among top 5 on 18th march 2009.
वर्ष 2008-09 के लिए पीएसपीबी वार्षिक पुरस्कार समारोह में 22 अक्टूबर को सायना नेहवाल सर्वश्रेष्ठ खिलाड़ी के तौर पर चुनी गई। नई दिल्ली में आयोजित इस कार्यक्रम में सायना के साथ-साथ चर्चित जाट क्रिकेटर वीरेन्द्र सेहवाग भी उपस्थित थे। वीरेन्द्र सेहवाग को 2007-08 के लिए इस पुरस्कार से सम्मानित किया गया।
Saina Nehwal wins three badminton titles in three weeks
Jakarta, June 27 (IANS) Indian star Saina Nehwal Sunday won the Indonesian Open Super Series for her third straight badminton title in three weeks, defeating a fighting Sayaka Sato of Japan. The win is expected to lift her to World No.2 in rankings.
As her parents watched her play on television at their home in Hyderabad, top seeded Saina overcame Sato 21-19, 13-21, 21-11 in the final play here.
Saina was a strong favourite to defend her title after winning the Indian Open Grand Prix and the Singapore Open Super Series, in the last two weeks that saw her climb two places in the rankings this week, marching ahead of the three top Chinese players.
The 20-year-old Indian, with many records to her name, is expected to go up one more place in the world rankings after her stupendous run. The No.1 badminton player in the world is Wang Yihan of China.
‘This is one of my most memorable victories,’ a jubilant Saina said. ‘Today’s victory has given me more confidence. My next aim is the World Championship.’
In Hyderabad, Saina’s father Harvir Singh shed tears of joy as he saw his daughter walk up to the victory podium. ‘It is a wonderful feeling, and we are very proud of her,’ he said, covering his tear-filled eyes.
‘We are very proud of her. Her victory proves that women are doing well in sports in India,’ he added.
Saina’s mother Usha was deluged with congratulatory phone calls from friends and relatives. ‘Sato was pretty fast but Saina maintained a rhythm and played good strokes. We will give her a grand welcome.’
Coach P. Gopichand told IANS: ‘Winning three tournaments is really amazing.’
Although the top Chinese players did not take part in the tournament, it is still a huge achievement for Saina, considering she now has three Super Series titles.
It began here one year ago, when she first won the Indonesian Open. On Sunday, she used all her experience to get past giant-killer Sato, who gave a strong fight to the Indian.
The packed crowd had a sprinkling of Indians waving the Indian tricolour.
Sato, ranked 26 in the world, had defeated two seeded players, including third seed Zhou Mi of Hong Kong.
The resilient Japanese, who in 2008 lost to Saina in the final of the World Junior Badminton championship in Pune, bounced back from a game down with some crisp drop shots.
Saina, coached by former All England Champion Gopichand, made a confident start and quickly opened up a 8-4 lead. But Sato caught her up at 11-11 exhibiting brilliant backhand shots.
The Japanese also took advantage of Saina’s errors.
It was a neck-and-neck battle from thereon, with both players competing fiercely for every point.
Sato took the lead at 17-16, but Saina surged ahead pocketing three points before finishing off the game.
The left-handed Sato dictated the course of play in the second game, putting Saina under pressure. With a supple wrist, the Japanese set up the points beautifully even as Saina tried hard to comeback.
Sato took a 6-2 lead and consolidated on it to put it beyond the Indian, who preserved her energy for the decider.
Saina came back strongly in the second game. It was her net play that got the better of the Japanese, who struggled to read Saina’s game.
Once Saina went up 8-5, Sato went down with a string of errors.
Saina served for the match as a hush descended on the stadium. But soon it exploded into cheers and applause as Saina screamed after Sato shut out her chances with a wild shot.
Saina Nehwal not worried about ranking
Juun 30, 2010. Interview in Times of India
After notching up a hat-trick of international titles, Saina Nehwal is in no hurry to become the numero uno badminton player in the world and now wants to do well in forthcoming World Championships and Commonwealth Games in October.
"This year there is the World Championships, Commonwealth Games and also the Asian Games. So I will be working towards that. I did not expect to reach number three ranking, but have reached there and I am quite confident I can also reach number one position. But before that, it is important for me to play well in the World Championships and the Delhi Commonwealth Games," Saina said.
Saina, who pocketed the hat-trick of titles by defending the Indonesian Open Super Series trophy in Jakarta recently, also made it clear that she had never set deadlines for improvement in the world ranking.
"I did not keep a target to reach number three. I thought by this year end I may be at number four or five, but I have reached number three so fast. So, I can be number one or may go down also because I am not playing so many tournaments," she pointed out.
The 20-year-old, however, feels that there is enough space for further improvement.
"A player is never perfect. You have to work hard to keep on improving every time. I have to improve my defence, net, backhands and forehands. I should work on the areas where I am weak," she said.
"The coaches are finding something special. They will try to improve and tell me to learn something new. Right now, I am not thinking of what to do. The plan is to start (practice) from the next week.
"May be, they will tell me to improve my defence, which is a weak area. I am a good attacking player," she added.
Before winning in Jakarta, which was her third Super Series title overall, Saina had won the India Open Grand Prix at home and the Singapore Open Super Series tournament.
Saina stated that she does not believe in having foreign coaches and said, "I don't believe in all that. It is more self-belief. You have to believe in yourself."
Saina feels it was her hard-earned stamina which kept her going in the three back-to-back tournaments.
"It was important that I improve my stamina because 15 days are lot and you have to play one match every day. The key was to improve the stamina and also the strokes," she said.
"Indonesian Open was special because I was quite tired by then. It is special because I won it for the second time," she added.
However, she refused to buy the theory that absence of top Chinese players made her tasks easier in Jakarta.
"No, because all the upcoming players are playing really well and all of them gave tough fight. All of us were playing really well. Not only Chinese, all the international players are playing exceedingly well," Saina said.
"Expectations are always high. For me, it is important that I stay focused and work hard. What I am getting it is all because of my game. I have to keep that in mind and keep working every day," she added.
Saina also reminded the budding shuttlers that there was no shortcut to success.
"I just want to tell them to work hard and believe in yourself. All the players are playing well, I just want to wish them all the best and stay focused."
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratn Award
India's ace shuttler Saina Nehwal has been selected for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the country's sporting honour, for her oustanding achievements on the badminton court. National sports awards (Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna and Dhyan Chand) selection committee headed by P T Usha met on Friday and decided to bestow the Khel Ratna on Saina after considering her brilliant performance in the last one year. The World number two Indian has been in red-hot form in the last one year, where she reached the semifinals of the All England Super Series in March before winning three successive titles in June. 
Gold Medal Commonwealth Games 2010 at Delhi
It wasn't as dramatic as Aamir Khan's last second dash to win the cycle race and overall crown in Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, but the script of the XIX Commonwealth Games' concluding tussle had enough edge of the seat action. When home favourite Saina Nehwal took on Malaysia's Wong Mew Choo in the women's badminton singles final, it was not just the gold medal at stake. India's chances to finish second ahead of England also depended on the outcome of this encounter. With England not winning a single gold on the final day, Saina had to win her match to put India ahead. With a packed Siri Fort sports complex egging her on, a nervous Saina was almost on life support when Mew Choo earned her first match point at 21-20 in the second game. But the Indian kept her cool to draw level with a net kill and then staged a comeback to win 19-21, 23-21, 21-13 in one hour and 10 minutes.
- “We were hoping that if we could win two gold, we could be on top. After Jwala and Ashwini won their final, it was my turn and I am very proud that I could bring India to the second spot," said Saina, the first Indian woman to win a singles gold.
However, all that looked improbable for the first 45 minutes when the world No. 3 was looking to hit everything coming her way for a winner and Mew Choo frustrating her with a solid defensive strategy.
- “I was very nervous and so I was hitting everything,”
she added after beating Mew Choo for the fifth time in a row this year.
Saina only managed to get her act together by the end of the first game and the strategy worked for the first half of the second game. But with a lot at stake, the 20-year-old Saina again started making mistakes and that allowed the Malaysian an opportunity to earn her first match-point.
- “At that point, I told myself that I had nothing to lose, " said Saina, about the winner that brought her into the match.
The decider was a cakewalk with Saina’s superior fitness making the difference. 
साइना के गोल्ड मेडल जीतने पर जताई खुशी
मुरादनगर, संस : राष्ट्रमंडल खेलों में महिला सिंगल बैडमिंटन खेल में साइना नेहवाल के गोल्ड मेडल जीतने पर उनके पैतृक गांव ढिंडार में जश्न का माहौल है। खुशी में जगह-जगह मिठाई बांटी गई तथा गांव के युवाओं ने आतिशबाजी छोड़कर अपनी खुशी का इजहार किया है।
मुरादनगर क्षेत्र के ढिंडार गांव निवासी हरबीर सिंह कृषि वैज्ञानिक के पद पर कार्यरत हैं। उनकी तैनाती हैदराबाद में है। ढिंडार निवासी हरबीर सिंह की पुत्री साइना नेहवाल ने बृहस्पतिवार को राष्ट्रमंडल खेलों के दौरान बैडमिंटन में महिला सिंगल में मलयेशिया की खिलाड़ी को हराकर भारत को गोल्ड मेडल दिला दिया।
गांव ढिंडार निवासी एवं भाजपा के पूर्व जिला अध्यक्ष आशु वर्मा ने कहा कि साइना नेहवाल ने गोल्ड मेडल जीतकर ढिंडार गांव का नाम पूरे देश में रोशन किया है। पूर्व प्रधान रामकुमारी रोहटो व राजबीर सिंह ने कहा है कि साइना नेहवाल की जीत के साथ सभी ग्रामीण को गौरवंतित महसूस कर रहे हैं।
Saina Nehwal wins Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold title
Saina Nehwal added another title to add to her crowded trophy case with a perfectly-timed final victory in the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament in Bangkok on Sunday 10 June 2012. She beat Thailand's rising star and world No.11 Inthanon Ratchanok 19-21, 21-15, 21-10 to win her.
- Jatland thread
- Interview in Times of India
- [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/more-sports/badminton/Saina-Nehwal-to-get-Rajiv-Gandhi-Khel-Ratna-Award/articleshow/6236719.cms Times of India News, 30 June 2010
- Saina Nehwal’s best makes India second best on medal's tally
- Video of Saina Nehwal's Victory
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