Updated: Apr 15, 2020
By Ishita Padmaraju
Contributing Author for Spark Igniting Minds
Harvir Singh Nehwal and Usha Rani Nehwal, a couple from Hisar district of Haryana, had a baby girl on the 17th of March in 1990. Harvir Singh being a Ph.D. scholar in agricultural science, worked with a university in Hisar for a couple of years and was later promoted and transferred from Haryana to Hyderabad. This was when things started getting tough for our, now eight-year-old girl.
Hyderabad was a place of different language and culture, which our young girl found difficult to adjust to. So she discovered her interest in badminton and soon got seriously involved in it, displaying her potential. This young girl grew up to win the World Junior. Badminton Championships, which made her the first Indian to accomplish this and later a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
Her badminton career started in 2003, with the Junior Czech Open, which she won and paved her way into the Commonwealth Youth Games, Philippines Open and Indonesia Open.
She was honored with the Arjuna award in 2009 and in 2010 the Padma Shri and also the highest national sporting award, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna. She resonated in the hearts of all Indians with her win of the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics, to become the first Indian to win a medal in badminton.
She's not just a badminton player but also a philanthropist, pioneer, and sweetheart of India.
She is Saina Nehwal.
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About the Author
Ishita Padmaraju is a young and zealous writer. She is an avid reader with a focus on non-fiction, mystery, science fiction and adventure.