Saina Nehwal: Biography, Profile, Records, Awards and Achievement

Saina Nehwal: Biography, Profile, Records, Awards and Achievement

Saina Nehwal is an Indian professional badminton singles player. She is considered as one of the most successful Indian sportsperson. Saina Nehwal was born on 17 March 1990 in Hisar. Her Father name is Dr. Harvir Singh Nehwal and mother Name is Usha Rani Nehwal. She completed her first few years of schooling at Campus School CCS HAU, Hisar, after that her family relocated to Hyderabad.

She became the first Indian to win two singles gold medals in Commonwealth Games. In 2015  she reaches career best world no. 1 ranking. She has represented India three times in the Olympics, winning a bronze medal in her second appearance in year 2012.

Saina Nehwal Biography

She has been awarded Rajiv Ghandhi Khel Ratna Award, Arjuna Award and Padma Bhushan Award by Government of India for her outstanding Performance in Badminton.

In Asian games 2018, Saina Nehwal loses to Tai Tzu Ying 17-21, 14-21, and she has ti settle for Bronze Medal. Saina Nehwal became the first Indian female shuttler to win individual Asian Games Medal.

Saina Nehwal Biography/Wikis

Real NameSaina Nehwal
NicknameSteffi Saina
ProfessionBadminton Player
Age26  years
Date of Birth17 March 1990
BirthplaceHisar, Haryana, India
Zodiac SignPisces
HometownHisar, Haryana, India
Twitter Handle@NSaina
Educational Qualification
Campus School CCS HAU, Hisar

St. Ann’s College for Women at Mehdipatnam in Hyderabad

Saina Nehwal Physical Stats

Height(approx)In Centimeters 165 cm

In Meters  1.65 m

In Inches    5’ 5”

Weight(approx)In Pound 128 lbs

In Kilogram 58 kg

Eye ColorBrown
Hair ColorBlack
Figure Measurement34-26-34

Saina Nehwal Family & Relatives

FatherHarvir Singh Nehwal( PhD in agricultural science)

saina nehwal biography

MotherUsha Nehwal
SisterChandranshu Nehwal


Saina Nehwal Favourites

Favourite Actor Shahrukh Khan and Mahesh Babu
Favourite FoodAloo Paratha & Kiwi
Favourite DestinationSingapore

Saina Nehwal Badminton Career

In 2006, Nehwal became the under-19 National Champion and created history by winning the prestigious Asian Satellite Badminton tournament.

In 2006 she was runner up in BWF World Junior Championships, where she lost match against top seed Chinese Wang Yihan.

In the year 2008 she became first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championships by defeating ninth seeded Japanese Sayaka Sato 21–9, 21–18.

In September 2008, she won the Yonex Chinese Taipei Open beating Lydia Cheah Li Ya of Malaysia  in straight game of 21–8 21–19.

In June 2009, she became the first Indian to win a BWF Super Series title.

Nehwal successfully led the Indian Women’s Team to the Quarter-finals stage of the 2010 Uber Cup finals.

Nehwal won the gold medal in the Women’s Singles badminton event in the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in New Delhi by defeating  Wong Mew Choo of Malaysia 19–21 23–21 21–13.

On 10 June 2012, she defeated Thailand’s Ratchanok Inthanon 19–21 21–15 21–10, to lift the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold title.

In 2012 Summer Olympics at the Wembley Arena, London, United Kingdom she won Bronze medal.

Saina Nehwal Wins Badminton Women’s Singles Bronze-London Olympics 2012

On 26 January 2014 Nehwal defeated World Championship bronze medalist P.V. Sindhu 21–14, 21–17 to win the Women’s Singles of India Open Grand Prix Gold Tournament

Defending champion Nehwal won the 2015 India Open Grand Prix Gold by defeating Spain’s Carolina Marin in the final. 

On 29 March 2015, Nehwal won her maiden women’s singles title at the India Open BWF Super Series beating Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand

Nehwal dealt with injuries in early 2016 but she eventually recovered.

She won her second gold in 2018 in Commonwealth Games women’s singles after beating P V Sindhu in the final and eventually led the Indian team to another gold medal in the mixed team event.

Lesser Known Fact About Saina Nehwal

Saina Nehwal mother, Usha Rani, was a state level badminton player in Haryana, Nehwal took up badminton to fulfill her mother’s dream.

Saina Nehwal and her family still speak the Haryanvi language at home.

When her family transferred to Hyderabad from Haryana,Saina started playing Badminton to socialise with other kids.

Nehwal also has a brown belt in karate.

She is a Huge fan of Sachin Tendulkar & Rodger Federer.

Her autobiography, Playing to Win: My Life On and Off Court,  was released in 2012.

Saina Nehwal Present Coach is Pullela Gopichand

Awards & Achievements of Saina Nehwal

Nehwal was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2009 and a year later, the Government of India honoured her with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour in India.

In 2009, Nehwal was honoured with India’s highest award for sporting excellence – the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.

Saina Nehwal Biography

In 2016, the Government of India awarded Saina Nehwal the Padma Bhushan. It is the 3rd highest civilian honour in the country

Most Promising Player of the Year (2008) award by Badminton World Federation.

Prize Money for  bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics

  • ₹10 million (US$150,000) cash award from the Haryana Government
  • ₹5 million (US$73,000) cash award from the Rajasthan Government
  • ₹5 million (US$73,000) cash award from the Andhra Pradesh Government
  • ₹1 million (US$15,000) cash award from the Badminton Association of India
  • Honorary doctorate degree by Mangalayatan University
  • Honorary doctorate degree by SRM University

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