Saina Nehwal

Saina Nehwal
Saina Nehwal
  • Born: March 17, 1990
  • Nationality: Indian
  • Profession: Athlete

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Saina Nehwal is an Indian professional badminton singles player. A former world no. 1, she has won over 23 international titles, which include ten Superseries titles. Although she reached the world's 2nd in the 2009, it was only in 2015 that she was able to attain the world no. 1 ranking, thereby becoming the only female player from India and overall the second Indian player – after Prakash Padukone – to achieve this feat. She has represented India three times in the Olympics, winning a bronze medal in her second appearance.

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After I win a match, I celebrate it by having an ice cream.
All sports should get support from the government and corporate bodies. Sports & Athletics ;Government
Any girl who likes watching movies would like to work in them and would want to do all of that. I'm also one of them. But people know me for badminton and love me for it. So I'd stick to it right now. But maybe after badminton, I'll think about it. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
At nine, my mom used to tell me she saw an Olympic medalist in me. I used to take it as a joke, but she was very serious.
Badminton is not a popular sport in India. Sports & Athletics
Badminton is not as glamorous as cricket.
Badminton will gain momentum in a big manner after my win in Olympics. More players will participate in the game now.
Both my parents were amateur badminton players. My father is a scientist and wanted me to be a doctor. But my mom was very aggressive and loved badminton. She pushed me right from the age of nine to take up the sport. Sports & Athletics
How well you eat and rest helps you analyse your energy reserves.
I am a huge Bollywood fan, and my favourite actor of all time is Shah Rukh Khan. Time
I am a human being. When you are frustrated, you do cry. It's more than once that I cried.
I cannot believe there is caste system in society; I cannot believe people are judged on the basis of their prosperity. Society
I do not fear anybody on the field or in society, but I fear at night when I am away from my parents. I am scared of the unknown described in horror movies. Society ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I don't think I have the ability or patience to teach badminton to others. Patience
I enjoy three meals a day, and 90 per cent of what I eat is vegetarian and homemade. I occasionally eat non-vegetarian, and chicken preparations are my favourite.
I have always wanted an Olympic medal. I always wanted to see India's national flag going up at the podium.
I have turned down so many endorsements. My phone never stops ringing.
I love winning more than I love playing badminton. Winning is everything. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I never believed that India could win a medal in badminton because the competition is so tough.
I really thank my parents for giving me the good sense to not get into anything wrong. There are many people around who like controversies, and I actually wonder how do they do it. I don't have the courage to get into controversies. There are people who love it; I find it silly. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I think studies are really important and shouldn't be compromised.
I want to see more sports in schools. Sports & Athletics
I was really surprised when I was told that my grandmother did not come to see me till a month after my birth. I was born seven years after my only sister Chandranshu, and my birth was a big disappointment for her.
I'm a normal girl. I don't go out much, and I don't know what is enjoyment.
Men are domineering in rural Haryana, and that shows in sport, too. Sports & Athletics
My dream is to see India as a nation of well-looked-after and respected sportspeople in all fields.
My hero is Roger Federer.
My philosophy is to not be scared of anyone. If I play well, great; if I don't, I learn from the match and move on.
My schedule is too overwhelmingly full to think about the future. Future
My uncles and other relatives are against encouraging girls in every aspect, and that includes sports. I hardly interact with them. My parents are more open. They back me all the way. Sports & Athletics
Once you are satisfied with your goal, it is the real happiness. Happiness & Unhappiness
Rankings are not so important. I am only focused on winning tournaments.
Unlike most youngsters who have school as their 'second home' where they meet and make friends, for me playtime has been at the Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad. When I am not playing a tournament, my days are spent at the Academy with my coaches, physiotherapists and colleagues, who are like family. We laugh and have so much fun. Families, Children & Parenting
When I was a kid, my parents would play badminton, but I hardly joined them. I'd just pick up their racquets and fiddle around. Check out how the racquet was made... toss it around to see how light it was! At the time, I didn't even know I'd play badminton. Time
When people say I have become a celebrity, I remind them of fame's flip side. For instance, if I want to watch a movie in a cinema, I have to enter through a side exit just before the film begins and leave by the same exit before the credits roll.
Yes, my mom does keep making references to marriage, like all mothers do, but it's only in a lighter mood... she just jokes. Families, Children & Parenting

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