Saina Nehwal is a name that needs no introduction in the world of Indian sports. She is one of the most celebrated athletes in the country and has brought home numerous medals and accolades, including an Olympic Bronze in badminton. But Saina’s story is one of rags-to-riches.
She comes from a modest background and has had to fight tooth-and-nail for everything she has achieved. Here’s a brief look at her incredible journey.
Story of Saina Nehwal
Saina was born into a Jat family in Hisar district of Haryana on March 17, 1990. Her father, Harvir Singh, was a tailor while her mother, Usha Rani, was a homemaker.
Saina was the second child in the family; her elder sister Chandranshu played state-level badminton while her younger brother Deepak Kumar was keen on becoming a footballer.
Saina’s father used to take her and her sister to the local badminton court where they would practice for hours on end. It quickly became clear that Saina had a natural aptitude for the sport and she began receiving coaching at the regional academy in Hyderabad when she was just eight years old.
Her parents supported her dreams of becoming a professional badminton player but they struggled to finance her training and equipment costs. It was only through sheer hard work and determination that Saina was able to make a name for herself in the competitive world of Indian badminton.
Saina made history when she became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal in badminton by clinching the Bronze at the 2012 London Olympics.
She followed this up with a Gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and a historic victory at the 2015 BWF World Championships, where she defeated reigning champion Carolina Marin to become India’s first ever world champion in badminton.
She is currently ranked No. 9 in the world and is considered one of India’s best hopes for an Olympic medal in 2020.
Saina Nehwal’s story is an inspiration for aspiring athletes everywhere. She has shown that with hard work, dedication, and resilience, it is possible to overcome any obstacle and achieve your dreams—no matter where you come from or how difficult the journey might be.
Thanks to athletes like Saina, India is fast becoming a force to reckon with in international sporting competitions. We can’t wait to see what she does next!
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