Saina Nehwal – Super Series of Titles

June 29, 2010

In a country that only knows and cares about one sport, a Saina Nehwal comes as a pleasant reminder that we Indians are capable of producing world class sports persons who can take on the best in the game.

Saina’s current form has seen her win three titles on the trot – the Indian Open, the Indonesian Open, and the Singapore Open.

The latter two are Super Series tournaments, the Badminton equivalent of the Tennis Grand Slams.

She is now ranked 3rd in the world, the only non-Chinese in the top six, and is expected to move to the second rank following these successes.

Saina has been playing Badminton since she was eight, when her father would wake her up at 4 every the morning and drop her off at the stadium 25 kilometer from home for training. Over time her training expenses rose to Rs 12000 per month, and her parents had to withdraw their PF savings to support their rising star. [Wikipidea]

A great favor they did the country. Kudos to such supportive parents; Indian parents aren’t known to be particularly supportive of careers in sports, unless maybe it is Cricket.

She went on to become the first Indian woman to win a Super series title in 2009, and hasnt looked back since. The top ranking doesnt look far off. She sure has the confidence to go the distance.

“It’s about fitness. If I’m fit, I’ll win.” [link]

Go Saina, Go. You are an inspiration to millions of Indians in serious need of worthy role models.

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11 Responses to “ Saina Nehwal – Super Series of Titles ”

  1. Munish Gupta on June 29, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    more than Sania I want to bow my head to her parents who went that far to give her the training that she required. It would be a dream of every child to have parents like these.

    • Roshni on June 30, 2010 at 1:04 am


    • amreekandesi on June 30, 2010 at 11:45 pm

      Yup…that is a very big deal in our country.

  2. liju philip on June 30, 2010 at 9:55 am

    great parents….great kid.

    kudos to saina

    • amreekandesi on June 30, 2010 at 11:50 pm

      Now looking forward to the world championship coming up in August…

  3. Vaini Madhavi on June 30, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Great tribute to a great person.
    My congrats to her coach too

    • amreekandesi on June 30, 2010 at 11:54 pm

      Definitely. I missed mentioning the coach, but no denying the role of the coach in making a great player the world’s greatest player.

      Kudos to P Gopichand who himself made us proud in 2001 becoming the second Indian ever to win the All England championship and rose to world number 5 in the men’s rankings.

  4. amlistening on July 1, 2010 at 11:03 am

    you would be amused but I was so impressed with Pullela Gopichand at one time that i wanted to name my son after him …

  5. Reema on July 4, 2010 at 12:58 am

    If one misspells her name by mistake..just shifts one letter…one will end up with the biggest disappointment in Indian sports. Anyway kudos to Saina.

  6. ginger soap on December 31, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    I like your way of writing.

  7. Doot on April 19, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    She is really super star …deserve a lot

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