Participants

Saina NEHWAL

Saina NEHWAL
    Badminton
Birth Date:  17 Mar 1990
Place of Birth:  Jalalpur, Uttar Pradesh
Country of birth:  IND
Age:  28
Gender:   Female
Height (cm):  167
Weight (Kg):  66

Events and Medals


Sport Event Rank
BDM Badminton Women's Singles 1 Gold
Mixed Team Event 1 Gold

Saina NEHWAL - Schedule


Schedule
Time Event Status
Thu, 5 Apr 9:01
Mixed Team Event Group Play Stage - Group A
India
5
Sri Lanka
0
Finished
Thu, 5 Apr 19:01
Mixed Team Event Group Play Stage - Group A
India
5
Pakistan
0
Finished
Fri, 6 Apr 14:01
Mixed Team Event Group Play Stage - Group A
India
5
Scotland
0
Finished
Sat, 7 Apr 11:01
Mixed Team Event Quarterfinal 1
India
3
Mauritius
0
Finished
Sun, 8 Apr 11:01
Mixed Team Event Semifinal
India
3
Singapore
1
Finished
Mon, 9 Apr 17:31
Gold Medal Event Mixed Team Event Gold Medal Match
India
3
Malaysia
1
Finished
Wed, 11 Apr 17:05
Women's Singles Round of 32
Elsie DE VILLIERS
0
Saina NEHWAL
2
Finished
Thu, 12 Apr 19:30
Women's Singles Round of 16
Jessica LI
(RET) 0
Saina NEHWAL
0
Finished
Fri, 13 Apr 13:40
Women's Singles Quarterfinal
Rachel HONDERICH
0
Saina NEHWAL
2
Finished
Sat, 14 Apr 12:40
Women's Singles Semifinal
Kirsty GILMOUR
1
Saina NEHWAL
2
Finished
Sun, 15 Apr 10:00
Gold Medal Event Women's Singles Gold Medal Match
Venkata PUSARLA
0
Saina NEHWAL
2
Finished

Legend

RET: Retired

Biographical Information


Highlights
Commonwealth Games
Year Location Event Rank
2014 Glasgow, SCO Mixed Team 4
2010 Delhi, IND Women's Singles 1
2010 Delhi, IND Mixed Team 2
2006 Melbourne, AUS Women's Singles R16
2006 Melbourne, AUS Women's Doubles 4
2006 Melbourne, AUS Mixed Team 3

World Championships
Year Location Event Rank
2017 Glasgow, SCO Women's Singles 3
2015 Jakarta, INA Women's Singles 2
2014 Copenhagen, DEN Women's Singles QF
2013 Guangzhou, CHN Women's Singles QF
2011 London, ENG Women's Singles QF
2010 Paris, FRA Women's Singles QF
2009 Hyderabad, IND Women's Singles QF
2007 Kuala Lumpur, MAS Women's Singles R16
2006 Madrid, ESP Women's Singles R64

Sudirman Cup
Year Location Event Rank
2017 Gold Coast, AUS Mixed Team 5
2015 Dongguan, CHN Mixed Team 9
2013 Kuala Lumpur, MAS Mixed Team 9
2011 Qingdao, CHN Mixed Team 5
2009 Guangzhou, CHN Mixed Team 17
2007 Glasgow, SCO Mixed Team 18

Nickname

Steffi (Facebook, 19 Feb 2012)


Hobbies

Travelling, running (starsunfolded.com, Oct 2016; sportskeeda.com, 7 Oct 2015)


Occupation

Athlete (Twitter, 8 May 2017)


Education

St Ann's College for Women, Hyderabad, India


Languages spoken

English, Hindi


Coach

PERSONAL: Vimal KUMAR (IND) (timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 7 May 2017)
NATIONAL: Pullela GOPICHAND (IND) (hindustantimes.com, 2 Mar 2017)


Position style

Right-handed


Sporting relatives

Father, Harvir SINGH (IND), played badminton at university level in India. (timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 5 Nov 2017)


Other sports

Has a brown belt in karate. "I was very close to getting a black belt. If I get a chance, I would like to take it up again." (timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 5 Nov 2017)


Injuries

Withdrew from Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games due to a groin injury and leg blisters sustained during the 2014 Australian Open Super Series event in June. (hindustantimes.com, 5 Nov 2016) Fractured patella and impinged a tendon in her right knee during training, 10 days before the Rio 2016 Olympics. Competed at the Games, with heavy strapping, but failed to progress past the group stage. Had surgery after the Olympics and contemplated retirement, but returned to competition in December 2016. (indianexpress.com, 15 Aug 2016; timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 7 May 2017) Knee surgery in August 2017, returning to compete at the 2017 World Championships in Glasgow. (timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 5 Nov 2017)


National league

Awadhe Warriors, IND (Premier Badminton League)


Reason

Started playing badminton at age nine. "My father and mother were badminton players, so I also opted to be a badminton player." (bwfcontent.tournamentsoftware.com, Jul 2012)


Ambition

"I have set a goal for myself. I am fighting it out to see that I realise that goal - that goal is secret. I just hope that I stay injury free, that’s the only thing I hope for. If the goal I have set, if it’s accomplished, I will throw a party.” (hindustantimes.com, 30 Mar 2017)


Memorable

Winning the 2002 U13 National Championships and winning a gold medal at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games. (bwfbadminton.org, 7 Dec 2015; olympicgoldquest.in, 16 Aug 2015)


Hero

Indian badminton players, Aparna POPAT and Pullela GOPICHAND, Indian cricketer, Sachin TENDULKAR, and Swiss tennis player, Roger FEDERER. (olympicgoldquest.in, 16 Aug 2015; starsunfolded.com, Oct 2016)


Influence

Coach, Pullela GOPICHAND (IND) (bwfcontent.tournamentsoftware.com, Jul 2012)


Additional information

TRAILBLAZER
First Indian woman to be ranked world number one in badminton - and the only Indian badminton player to win a medal at every major federation event (Olympic Games, world championships and world junior championships). Also the first Indian badminton player to: win a medal at the Olympic Games; win the world junior championship; reach the final of the world championship; win a Super Series title. (indianexpress.com, 29 Mar 2015; zeenews.india.com, 12 Jun 2016; sports.ndtv.com, 5 Aug 2012; timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 18 Aug 2015)


MOVIE
In a biopic about her life, entitled Saina, she will be depicted by Bollywood actor Shraddha KAPOOR. Shraddha is a good friend, so it will be easier to teach her badminton. A lot of people tell me we look similar and I think that’s a huge compliment, because Shraddha is very good looking." The film is set for release in 2018. (indianexpress.com, 26 Apr 2017; thequint.com, 26 Apr 2017)


MODEL SISTER
Older sister, Anshu, is a model. (yourstory.com, 17 Mar 2017)


Social Media

Legend

Gold: Gold
Silver: Silver
Bronze: Bronze
Gold Medal Event: Gold Medal Event
Bronze Medal Event: Bronze Medal Event

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