Indian badminton Saina Nehwal might have lost a hard fought battle against the World No. 1 Carolina Marin but that did not stop the Indian ace to create history in her own way. Saina became the first Indian player in badminton to clinch a silver medal at the BWF World Badminton Championships. The 25-year-old despite going down to Carolina in straight sets 21-16, 21-19 showcased the fine performance throughout the year 20-15. The poster girl of Indian badminton, Saina has been achiever of many firsts in her glorious career. We take a look at the several achievements and records that makes Saina a first in everything.
1-Saina Nehwal wins silver at Badminton World Championships; first Indian player to do so
The 25-year-old created history when she progressed to the finals of Badminton World Championships 2015. She became the first Indian ever to achieve this rare feat and in process assured India of their first silver medal. Earlier, only legendary Prakash Padukone won bronze in 1983, PV Sindhu clinching bronze in 2011 and 2013 and the women’s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa bagged bronze in 2011 event.
2-Saina Nehwal became first Indian woman player to win silver in All England Badminton Championships
2015 has been an extraordinary for Saina Nehwal as she had the privilege to become the first Indian woman and third player after Prakash Padukone and P Gopichand to enter the finals of All England Badminton Championships. The anticipated final proved to be heartbreak for Saina who lost the title match to Carolina Marin after leading by a set. Nevertheless, Saina earned silver medal for her hard work, the first for Indian female shuttler. Also Read: Saina Nehwal loses to Carolina Marin in All England Badminton Championships final.
3-Saina Nehwal became the first female Indian badminton player to become World No. 1
Saina Nehwal’s dedication and passion towards the game was rewarded when BWF rankings were released on April 2. After Saina won her maiden singles title at the India Open BWF Super Series beating Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand, Saina took over the World No. 1 rank. Saina became the first Indian women’s badminton player to be World No.1. Also Read: Saina Nehwal becomes first Indian women’s singles World No. 1 badminton player.
4-Saina Nehwal becoming the first Indian badminton player to win a medal in London Olympics 2012
Every Indian would continue to bow down to Saina Nehwal’s incredible run at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London for putting Indian badminton on the world map. She became the first Indian player to win a medal in badminton. She achieved the prestigious feat of winning the bronze medal on August 4, 2012 after China’s Wang Xin retired from the match after an injury.
5- Saina Nehwal became first Indian to win a Super Series tournament
On June 21, 2009, Saina Nehwal scripted history when she won the Indonesian Open 2009, a Super Series tournament to become the first Indian ever to do so. The 19-year-old Saina clinched her maiden Super Series title beating Chinese Lin Wang 12-21, 21-18, 21-9 in 49 minutes in Jakarta.
6- Saina Nehwal became the first Indian to win World Junior Badminton Championships
The Hyderabadi girl has been a gem for the country bringing the glory for India from a tender age. In 2008, became the first Indian to clinch the World Junior Badminton Championships title by defeating Japanese Sayaka Sato 21–9, 21–18.
Saina Nehwal has been the ambassador of Badminton in India and takes pride in leading the country’s flag at an international level. Saina serves as perfect role model, an inspiration for the youth, especially young Indian girls to pursue their dreams and take pride in representing the country – India.