Saina Nehwal – Badminton
- Saina was born (March 17, 1990) in Hisar, Haryana and has spent her entire life in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.
- Saina is the first Indian woman to reach the singles quarterfinals at the Olympics and the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championships.
- Saina’s father Dr. Harvir Singh, a scientist at the Directorate of Oilseeds Research, Hyderabad and her mother Usha Nehwal.
- Saina Nehwal was rewarded with Arjuna award in August, 2009 and her coach Gopichand was also rewarded with Dronacharya award at the same time.
- Saina has been awarded with Padma Shri award in January 2010.
- Saina has been awarded with the highest national sporting award given to players, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award on 29 August 2010.
- On 15 July 2010, with 64791.26 points Saina Nehwal reached a career high world ranking of No. 2 only behind Wang Yihan of China.
- She was recently voted as the third best Badminton Player of the Year 2010 by readers of an international badminton magazine, Badzine.
- Saina, won the gold medal in the Women’s Singles badminton event in the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in New Delhi.
- Some other titles won by Saina Nehwal:
2009 Indonesia Super Series
2010 Singapore Super Series
2010 Indonesia Super Series
2010 Hong KongSuper Series
Chinese Taipei Open
2010 India Open Grand Prix Gold
Swiss Open 2011