|Who is it?||Indian Badminton Star|
|Birth Day||March 17, 1990|
|Birth Place||Hisar, Haryana, Indian|
|Age||30 YEARS OLD|
|Birth name||Saina Nehwal|
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Weight||66 kg (146 lb)|
|Highest ranking||1 (2 April 2015)|
|Current ranking||12 (12 April 2018)|
|Medal record Women's badminton Representing India Olympic Games 2012 London Women's singles World Championships 2015 Jakarta Women's singles 2017 Glasgow Women's singles Uber Cup 2014 New Delhi Women's team 2016 Kunshan Women's team Commonwealth Games 2018 Gold Coast Women's singles 2018 Gold Coast Mixed team 2010 New Delhi Women's singles 2010 New Delhi Mixed team 2006 Melbourne Mixed team Asian Games 2014 Incheon Women's team Asian Championships 2010 New Delhi Women's singles 2016 Wuhan Women's singles World Junior Championships 2008 Pune Girls' singles 2006 Incheon Girls' singles Commonwealth Youth Games 2008 Pune Girls' singles 2004 Bendigo Mixed team Women's badmintonRepresenting IndiaOlympic GamesWorld ChampionshipsUber CupCommonwealth GamesAsian GamesAsian ChampionshipsWorld Junior ChampionshipsCommonwealth Youth Games||2012 LondonWomen's singles2015 JakartaWomen's singles2017 GlasgowWomen's singles2014 New DelhiWomen's team2016 KunshanWomen's team2018 Gold CoastWomen's singles2018 Gold CoastMixed team2010 New DelhiWomen's singles2010 New DelhiMixed team2006 MelbourneMixed team2014 IncheonWomen's team2010 New DelhiWomen's singles2016 WuhanWomen's singles2008 PuneGirls' singles2006 IncheonGirls' singles2008 PuneGirls' singles2004 BendigoMixed team|
Saina entered 2017 with maiden Malaysia open Grand Prix Gold title. She went on to reach the quarterfinals of the All England Championships 2018 and couldn't do well much of the year due to injury and she was still recovering. In August she was seeded 12th in World Badminton Championships at Glasgow. Nehwal again dug deep into her reservoir to eke out a 21-19 18-21 21-15 win over world No. 31 Kristy Gilmour of Scotland in the quarterfinal. However she lost in the semifinal in tight 3 setter to eventual winner Nozomi Okhuhara of Japan thus bagging bronze medal. This is Saina's second consecutive medal at World Badminton Championship and a record breaking 7th consecutive quarterfinal. She then won the 82nd national badminton championship by beating P. V. Sindhu in the final.
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She became the first Indian woman to reach the quarter finals at the Olympic Games when she upset world number five and fourth seed Wang Chen of Hong Kong in a three-game thriller. In the quarter-finals Saina lost a nail biting 3-gamer to world number 16 Maria Kristin Yulianti. In September 2008, she won the Yonex Chinese Taipei Open 2008 beating Lydia Cheah Li Ya of Malaysia 21–8 21–19. Maria Yulianti had earlier lost her quarter-final match to Pia Bernadet, Saina's semi-final opponent, thus denying Saina a rematch. Saina was named "The Most Promising Player" in 2008. She reached the world super series semifinals in the month of December 2008.
In June 2009, she became the first Indian to win a BWF Super Series title, the most prominent badminton series of the world by winning the Indonesia Open. She beat Chinese Wang Lin in the final 12–21, 21–18, 21–9. Saina on winning the tournament said, "I had been longing to win a super series tournament since my quarter final appearance at the Olympics". Saina is on the par with the likes of Prakash Padukone and her mentor Pullela Gopichand who both won the all England championships which are of similar status to the super series. In August 2009, she reached to the quarterfinals of the World Championships, losing to the second seed Wang Lin.
Saina Nehwal confirmed her participation for the 2010 Hong Kong Super series to held from 7 to 12 Dec 2010 and is also the penultimate super series tournament of the year. This would be Saina's first super series tournament after a gap of more than 5 months since her win in the 2010 Indonesia Super Series in June 2010. On 12 December 2010, Saina Nehwal defeated Wang Shixian 15–21, 21–16, 21–17 in the final of the 2010 Hong Kong Super Series to win her fourth career Super Series title.
Saina was defeated in the first round of 2011 China Open Super Series Premier by World No. 8 Bae Youn-joo of South Korea 21–15, 22–24, 15–21. During the season ending tournament in December, Saina Nehwal created history by becoming the first Indian singles player to reach the final of BWF Super Series Masters Finals after defeating World No. 5 Tine Baun of Denmark to cruise 21–17, 21–18 in the semifinals of the 2011 BWF Super Series Masters Finals in Liuzhou (China). She went on to lose the final 21–18, 13–21, 13–21 against the World No. 1 Chinese Wang Yihan in a contest lasting over an hour.
On 17 June 2012, Saina Nehwal won the Indonesia Open Super Series by defeating World No. 3 Li Xuerui of China 13–21, 22–20 21–19. It was her 3rd Indonesia Open title. On 4 August 2012, she won the bronze medal at the London Olympics when China's Wang Xin retired from the match after an injury with the match at 18–21, 0–1. On 21 October 2012, she won the Denmark Open Super Series Premier after defeating Wang Yihan 21–12 12–7 in the semifinal. Yihan got retired hurt in this match after losing first set and trailing in second set. In the final Saina defeated Juliane Schenk of Germany in two straight sets to lift her first Denmark open trophy.
Making her third appearance at the Olympics, Nehwal, the fifth seed, won her opening match against the unseeded Lohaynny Vicente in straight games. However, she lost her second match against the world no. 61 Marija Ulitina by 18–21, 19–21, thereby making exit at the group stage. Her coach cited the week-old knee injury for her below par performance at the event.
On 26 January 2014 Saina defeated World Championship bronze medalist P.V. Sindhu 21–14, 21–17 to win the Women's Singles of India Open Grand Prix Gold Tournament. On March,2014 World No. 4 Saina Nehwal, who had a win-loss record of 4–2 against the Chinese ace Wang Shixian, crashed out of the 2014 All England Super Series Premier after losing her quarter-final match. Saina took revenge of All England loss by defeating Wang Shixian in semifinals of 2014 Australian Super Series. In final on June 29, 2014 Saina defeated Spain's Carolina Marin 21–18, 21–11 to win Women's Singles of 2014 Australian Super Series. The win helped her to reach the ranking of World no. 7, climbing two spots.
Defending Champion Saina Nehwal won the 2015 India Open Grand Prix Gold by defeating Spain's Carolina Marin in the Final. She became the first Indian woman shuttler to reach the finals of All England Open Badminton Championships, but lost to Carolina in the final. On 29 March 2015, Saina won her maiden women's singles title at the India Open BWF Super Series beating Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand. This assured her of becoming World number 1 when the latest BWF rankings were released on April 2. Thus, she became the first Indian women's player to be World No.1 in badminton. On 16th Aug 2015, Saina went down fighting to Carolina Marin again, in the Final of World Badminton Championships held in Jakarta, settling for the Silver. defending champion Saina Nehwal fought hard before going down to Li Xuerei in the final of china open
Record against Super Series finalists, World Championships semifinalists and Olympic quarterfinalists (as of 12 June 2016):
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She had a good start to the year reaching finals of Indonesia Masters 2018 Enroute to the finals she beat Chen Yufei,Chen Xioxin (both of China) , P.V. Sindhu in the Quarterfinal and Ratchanok Intanon in the Semis. She won her second gold in Commonwealth Games women's singles after beating P V Sindhu in the final and eventually led Indian team to another gold medal in mixed team event