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Name NEHWAL Saina
NOC IND - India India Date of Birth 17 MAR 1990
Residence Gender Female
Height 167 cm Weight 64 kg
Discipline Badminton

Badminton

BiographiesResult
Start Date Start Time Event Partner Score Results Opponent
Name NOC
Women's Singles
24 SEP 2014 12 : 20 Women's Singles Round of 32 Match 14 2 - 0 Win U Teng Iok MAC - Macau, China MAC
Women's Team
21 SEP 2014 18 : 00 Women's Team Semi-Final Match 2 1 - 3 Lose Republic of Korea KOR - Korea, Republic of KOR
20 SEP 2014 18 : 00 Women's Team Quarterfinal Match 3 3 - 2 Win Thailand THA - Thailand THA
20 SEP 2014 09 : 00 Women's Team Round of 16 Match 5 3 - 0 Win Macau. China MAC - Macau, China MAC

Competition Highlights

RankEventYearLocation
Asian Games
9Singles2006Doha, QAT
QuarterfinalSingles2010Guangzhou, CHN
Olympic Games
3Singles2012London, GBR
QuarterfinalSingles2008Beijing, CHN
World Championships
QuarterfinalSingles2014Copenhagen, DEN
QuarterfinalSingles2013Guangzhou, CHN
QuarterfinalSingles2011London, GBR
QuarterfinalSingles2010Paris, FRA
QuarterfinalSingles2009Hyderabad, IND
Last 16Singles2007Kuala Lumpur, MAS
BWF Super Series Finals
2Singles2011Liuzhou, CHN
3Singles2012Shenzhen, CHN
1st RoundSingles2013Kuala Lumpur, MAS
OSIM BWF Super Series
1Singles2014The Star Australian Open, AUS
1Singles2012Yonex Denmark Open Super Series, DEN
1Singles2012Indonesia Open Grand Prix Gold, INA
1Singles2010Yonex Sunrise Hong Kong Super Series, CHN
2Singles2012Yonex French Badminton Open, FRA
2Singles2011Bankaltim Indonesia Open Grand Prix Gold, INA
3Singles2013Yonex Sunrise Indonesia Open, INA
3Singles2013Yonex All England Super Series, GBR
3Singles2013Yonex-Sunrise Malaysia Open GP Gold, MAS
3Singles2012Yonex-Sunrise Malaysia Open GP Gold, MAS
3Singles2011Yonex Japan Super Series, JPN
QuarterfinalSingles2014Yonex Sunrise Indonesian Masters, INA
QuarterfinalSingles2014Yonex Sunrise India Open, IND
QuarterfinalSingles2014Yonex All England Super Series, GBR
QuarterfinalSingles2013Yonex Denmark Open Super Series, DEN
QuarterfinalSingles2013Li Ning Singapore Open, SIN
QuarterfinalSingles2013Korea Grand Prix Gold, KOR
QuarterfinalSingles2012Yonex All England Super Series, GBR
QuarterfinalSingles2012Korea Grand Prix Gold, KOR
QuarterfinalSingles2011Yonex Sunrise Hong Kong Super Series, CHN
QuarterfinalSingles2011Li Ning China Masters Super Series, CHN
QuarterfinalSingles2011Yonex All England Super Series, GBR
Last 16Singles2014Yonex-Sunrise Malaysia Open GP Gold, MAS
Last 16Singles2013Yonex Sunrise Hong Kong Open, CHN
Last 16Singles2013Victor China Open, CHN
Last 16Singles2013Yonex French Badminton Open, FRA
Last 16Singles2013India Grand Prix Gold, IND
Last 16Singles2012Yonex Sunrise Hong Kong Super Series, CHN
Last 16Singles2012Syed Modi Memorial India Open Grand Prix Gold, IND
Last 16Singles2011Yonex French Super Series, FRA
Last 16Singles2011Yonex Denmark Open Super Series, DEN
Last 16Singles2011Li Ning Singapore Super Series, SIN
Last 16Singles2011HWASUN VICTOR Korea Grand Prix Gold, KOR
Last 32Singles2014OUE Singapore Open, SIN
Last 32Singles2011Li Ning China Open Super Series, CHN
Last 32Singles2011Yonex Sunrise Syed Modi Memorial India Open, IND
World Grand Prix
1Singles2014Yonex Sunrise India Open, IND
1Singles2012SCG Thailand Grand Prix Gold, THA
1Singles2012Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold, SUI
1Singles2011Wilson Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold, SUI
1Singles2010Yonex Sunrise Hong Kong Super Series, CHN
2Singles2011Yonex-Sunrise Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold, MAS
3Singles2013Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold, SUI
QuarterfinalSingles2014Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold, SUI
QuarterfinalSingles2013SCG Thailand Grand Prix Gold, THA
QuarterfinalSingles2011SCG Thailand Grand Prix Gold, THA
QuarterfinalSingles2011Yonex Sunrise Syed Modi Memorial India Open, IND
Last 32Singles2012Syed Modi Memorial India Open Grand Prix Gold, IND
Last 32Singles2010Syed Modi Memorial India Open Grand Prix, IND
Asian Championships
3Singles2010New Delhi, IND
Last 16Singles2012Qingdao, CHN
Thomas & Uber Cup
3Team2014New Delhi, IND
Li Ning Sudirman Cup
5Team2011Qingdao, CHN
9Team2013Kuala Lumpur, MAS
Commonwealth Games
4Team2014Glasgow, GBR
World Junior Championships
1Singles2008Pune, IND
BWF World Ranking
7Singles2014

Detailed Information

Biography
Hobbies Tennis, watching Hindi movies, reading short stories and comic novels, shopping. (BWF, 2014; olympicgoldquest.in, 29 Aug 2013; sportskeeda.com, 18 Apr 2012)
Occupation Athlete
Higher education St. Ann's College for Women, Hyderabad, IND
Languages Spoken Hindi, English
Coach Vimal Kumar [personal] (IND) (indiatimes.com, 10 Sep 2014; india.com, 18 Sep 2014)
Plays Right (BWF, 2014)
Sporting / famous Relatives Her parents were both district badminton champions in Haryana, India. (olympicgoldquest.in, 29 Aug 2013)
Injuries In 2013 she suffered various niggles including a fractured toe and an injured ankle. (mid-day.com, 24 Dec 2013)<BR/><BR/>In 2012 she was troubled by a persistent right knee injury. (dnaindia.com, 15 May 2013)
Additional Information Start of sporting career
She began playing badminton at age eight at a summer training camp at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Hyderabad, India. (ezinearticles.com, 27 Jun 2010)

Reason for taking up this sport
Her parents were both badminton players. (olympicgoldquest.in, 29 Aug 2013)

Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Korea. (firstpost.com, 24 Dec 2013)

Training
She trains six days a week, for up to eight hours per day, split over two sessions. (forbesindia.com, 16 Dec 2013; yourstory.com, 08 Aug 2013)

Most memorable sporting achievement
Winning the 2002 U13 National Championships. (olympicgoldquest.in, 29 Aug 2013)

Hero
Indian badminton players Aparna Popat and Pullela Gopichand, Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. (olympicgoldquest.in, 29 Aug 2013; rediff.com, 07 Jun 2013; tssonnet.com, 14 Sep 2007)

Most influential person in career
Her parents. (badzine.net, 24 Sep 2010)

Sporting philosophy / motto
"Winning is the only option." (BWF, 2014)

Awards
She was named Sports Illustrated India's Sportsperson of the Year in 2009 and 2013. (zeenews.india.com, 01 Oct 2013)

In 2010 she received a Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award given by the Indian government. (olympicgoldquest.in, 29 Aug 2013)

In 2010 she received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna [RGKR], India's highest honour for achievements in sport. (olympicgoldquest.in, 29 Aug 2013)

In 2009 she received an Arjuna Award in recognition of her outstanding achievements in badminton. (olympicgoldquest.in, 29 Aug 2013)

She was named 2009 CNN-IBN Indian of the Year in the sports category. (sportskeeda.com, 20 Dec 2013)

She was named 2008 Most Promising Player of the Year by the Badminton World Federation [BWF]. (olympicgoldquest.in, 29 Aug 2013; timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 08 Dec 2008)

General
PREPARATION FOR INCHEON
After a disappointing performance at the 2014 World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, she moved away from her home base of Hyberabad and national coach Pullela Gopichand and teamed up with Vimal Kumar in Bangalore. This is where she completed her preparation for the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Korea. (india.com, 18 Sep 2014)

NATIONAL FIRSTS
She became the first Indian badminton player to win a medal at the Olympic Games when she won bronze in London in 2012. She was the first Indian female badminton player to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal when she won in Delhi, India, in 2010. She was the first Indian player to win the world junior championships when she won in Pune, India, in 2008. She was the first Indian player to win a Super Series tournament when she won the 2009 Indonesian Open. (olympicgoldquest.in, 29 Aug 2013)

AUTOBIOGRAPHY
In 2012 she released her autobiography, 'Playing To Win, My Life On And Off Court'. (ibnlive.in.com, 08 Nov 2012)

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