Saina Nehwal The Indian Shuttle Player

The Indian Shuttle Player Saina Nehwal 
Ace Indian Shuttle player,Saina Nehwal Scripted history on 21 June 2009 when she became the first Indian to Win a Super Series tournament after clinching the Indonesia Open with a stunning victory over higher-ranked Chinese Wang Lin in Jakarta. Saina is the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championships and was ranked world number five by Badminton World Federation as on 31 March 2010.
Born in Hisar, Haryana,on 17 March 1990,Saina was brought up in the southern city of Hyderabad.Her entry into the world of badminton was influenced by her father,Dr Harvir Singh,a scientist at the Dircetorate of Oilseeds Research,Hyderabad,and her mother Usha Nehwal,both of whom were former badminton champions in Haryana.
In December 1998,Saina's Father took her to meet Coach Nahi Prased Rao, the then Badminton Coach of Sport Authority of Andhra Pradesh. Prased spotted the potential in Saina as he saw her play the game.He said,' She has the potential.If you want to train her,bring her to me as a summer trainee.
Thus began what proved to be an arduous(difficult,tough)Journey for both Saina and her parents,Every morning Saina's father had to take her to the stadium for practice.This meant a 25 Kilometer ride on the scooter each day,Saina and her father would wake up at 04:30 in the morning to reach the stadium in time for practice.After a two-hour session,Dr.Singh would drop Saina to school on his way to work.The impact of this tough routine started showing on Saina in the very first week.She would often fall asleep on the pillion while returning from the stadium.Concerned by what could happen,her mother started the following them on another two wheeler.This routine continued for three months.The Pressure on Saina was huge,as she had to give her time for studies also.In 1999,Dr.Singh decided to move to place closer to the stadium to aviod commuting a long distance every day.Although this cut down the distance by 17 Kilometers,it did not help much as Saina now had a attend the evening session also.
The family persevered through these trying times and emerged successful as Saina slowly,yet surely,began to move towards her goal.
The Czechoslovakia Junior Open 2003 was a major break in her career as she went on to win the tournament.She has never looked back since then.She then won the silver at the 2004.Commonwealth Youth Games.
In 2005,she won the Asian Satellite Badminton Tournament.The following year she finished runner
-up  at the World Junior Badminton Championships,won the bronze at the Commonwealth Game,won the Philippines  Open as well as the Asian Satellite Badminton Tournament.The year 2007 saw her win the Indian National Badminton Championships and the gold at the National Games of India.
In 2008,She became the first Indian to win the BWF World Junior Badminton Championships by defeating the ninth seeded Japanese player.The same year she also did India proud by wining the Chinese Taipei Open - a feat which earned her the title of the most promising player in 2008.
The year 2010 saw Saina win her second career Super Series title by wining the Singapore Open on 20 June 2010.This winning streak continued as she also won the Indonesia Open on 27 June 2010 and the Hong Kong Super Series on 12 December 2010.
After experiencing a poor 2011 session,Saina became the first Indian singles player to reach the summit stage of the BWF Super Series Finals by defeating the two time All England Champion and world number 5 Tine Baun in the samifinals.
If Saina has been battling it out on the badminton courts against the world's best players,it has been no less a battle for her father to support her.
A middle class family can ill afford to spend half of their monthly income on an eight-year old's training.But Dr.Harvir Singh opted to go by Nani Prasad's advice and did all he could to allow his daughter to pursue her dream.The extra training session and equipment like shuttles,racquets,shoes and other accessories mean huge expenses that forced Dr.Singh to deplete his saving.This continued till 2002 when Yonex offered to sponsor Saina's badminton kit.
Saina is considered to be at par with the likes of Prakash Padukone and her mentor Pullela Gopichand. She received the Arjuna Award in August 2010. She was also awarded the Khel Ratna in 2012,which was followed by the Olympic Bronze in 2012.
Saina's dedication combined with hard work has taken her to her enviable position as one among the shining role models for young Indians.

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