In the Indian Badminton family, she is the Lady of “First of Firsts.” Saina Nehwal is only 25 years old, but her racquet records are as impressive as China’s Great “Walls.” When she settled for bronze at the 2012 Summer Olympics, she became the first female badminton player to earn a medal. When she arrives in Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympics, a lot will be hanging on her shoulders. Here are Saina’s top five victories on the Badminton Elite circuit.
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Commonwealth Games, Gold medal, 2010
Saina Nehwal made history in 2010. She was the first woman to win a gold medal in the women’s singles event at the Commonwealth Games.
Saina was able to defeat Malaysia’s Mew Choo Wong in a nail-biting three-setter. The throng at Siri Fort erupted in applause.
Saina picked herself up after losing the first game. She battled back valiantly and triumphed. This, however, was not a simple task for her. With a score of 23-21, she just barely won the second game. That gave her a boost of confidence, and she went on to win the last game 21-13.
What an incredible performance by Saina!
All England Championship, Silver Medal, 2015
At the All England Championships, she won a silver medal.
Saina Nehwal began to assert herself and posed a threat to the majority of players. She was on a roll after major victories in the Commonwealth Games and even the 2012 Summer Olympics.
The All England Championship is a famous event, and Saina came within a whisker of winning gold. She did, however, win Silver, which is a significant achievement in and of itself. Pullela Gopichand, her long-time coach, was the last Indian to win a title here, thus making it to the finals was a major accomplishment.
Carolina Marin, one of the most fearsome players to date, was Saina’s opponent. Despite the fact that she lost against Marin, she put up a valiant fight. She even won the first game. But the match’s strain got to her, as she lost the deciding game 7-21.
Syed Modi International Championship 2015
The first set was won by World Champion Carolina Marin of Spain, 21-19, in a much-anticipated three-set match that went down to the wire. But she lost a heartbreaking final match against Saina Nehwal, the local favorite, 23-25, 16-21, as the Indian grabbed the trophy for the second time in a row.
Total BWF World Championship, 2015
After dropping the second set, the Indian No. 2 super shuttler overcame Wang Yihan of China in the BWF World Championship Quarterfinals to go to the semi-finals with a score of 21-15, 19-21, 21-19. She went on to overcome her opponent in the pre-finals, becoming the first Indian woman to reach a World Championship final.
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At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he won a bronze medal.
Winning Olympic gold is something that every athlete wishes for. It is, without a doubt, the most prestigious medal in sports.
Saina Nehwal realized her dream at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Her victory was hotly contested. Xin Wang of China, the world no. 2, was Saina’s opponent. It was a particularly difficult encounter for Saina. Unfortunately for the Chinese, she was forced to withdraw due to a serious knee injury.
The match was going in the Chinese’s favor, but Saina Nehwal was able to win due to this injury.
Nonetheless, the Indian fans are ecstatic by the achievement.
The Indians will always remember Saina Nehwal’s top five victories. Saina is the reason why so many young girls and women are interested in playing badminton. She definitely blazed a trail in the world of badminton and has influenced a lot of people “as read and reported by blog.playo.co”.