Saina Nehwal : The Champion

Blog by : Khusboo Kothatri

Saina Nehwal : The Champion

“You can’t put a limit on anything . The more you dream ,the farthest you get.”

Saina Nehwal was born on 17 March 1990,is an Indian professional badminton singles player. She won gold at 2018 Commonwealth Games in women’s singles after defeating  P. V. Sindhu after which she became the first Indian to win 2 singles gold in commonwealth games. Saina Nehwal, the former world no. 1 has won over twenty three international titles, which include ten Superseries titles. In 2015, she was able to attain the world no. 1 ranking, thereby becoming the only female player from India and overall the second Indian player – after Prakash Padukone – to achieve this feat. She has represented India three times in the Olympics, winning bronze medal.

She has achieved several milestones in badminton for India and made us provide . She is the first Indian badminton player to have won an Olympic medal, along with being the only Indian to have won the BWF World Junior Championships or to have reached to the final of the BWF World Championships that was time she became Indian’s inspiration and proved herself . In 2006, Nehwal became the first Indian female and the youngest Asian to win a 4-star tournament. She also has the distinction of being the first Indian to win a Super Series title. She is a role model to many young badminton players.

She is one of the most successful Indian sportperson, she is credited for increasing the popularity of badminton in India. In 2016, the Government of India  conferred the Padma Bhushan on her. She also  won the nation’s top two sporting honours, namely the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and the Arjuna Award. She was born in Hindu Jat family in Hisar. She  also has a brown belt in Karate. In 2002, sports brand Yonex offered to sponsor Saina’s kit. As her status and rankings improved, the sponsorships increased. In 2004, BPCL signed the rising star. She is one of the athletes supported by Olympic Gold Quest. She is the brand ambassador of Sahara India Pariwar.  She endorses Herbal life , Top Ramen Noodles ,Fortune Cooking Oil, NECC, Indian Overseas Bank, Vaseline, Sahara and Yonex. Recently  she was announced as the brand ambassador for Honor, the Huawei smartphone sub-brand.

She had signed an endorsement deal worth Rs. 400 million with the popular sports management firm Rhiti Sports in 2012. She severed this deal in 2013 and signed up with KWAN entertainment and marketing solutions for an undisclosed sum. She has a dedicated sporting range with the multinational sports goods manufacturer Yonex, 4% of the profits of which goes to her. Apart from endorsements, she has also been invited on popular Indian television shows as a guest including Satyamev Jayate, Comedy Nights with Kapil, The Kapil Sharma Show.

She has devoted herself to the country and has encouraged women and girls to play and be selfstanding. She is a real example of leading sports women. This lines define her “Winners never quit and quitters never wins”.