How Saina Nehwal has become a household name in India
Saina was awarded the most promising player of 2008 as a talented, young 18-year old who had become the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championship.
In 2009, she became the first Indian to win a BWF Super Series title by winning the Indonesia Open.
Saina did the country proud by winning the 2010 Commonwealth Games Gold held in New Delhi.
Nehwal is the first Indian woman to reach the semi-finals (2010) and finals (2015) of the prestigious All-England Championships.
A 22-year old Saina won the 2012 Olympic bronze in London amid huge expectations on her relatively young shoulders.
Nehwal is also the first Indian to win the China Open Super Series Premier in 2014 when she beat Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in straight games.
Recently, she became the first Indian ever to become the world’s top ranked badminton player and holds the position currently.
She had to settle for the silver at the 2015 World badminton Championships, losing to Spain’s Carolina Marin.