Saina Nehwal is probably India’s biggest icon after Sachin Tendulkar. For a very long time, she has been the face of Indian badminton. She has created a legacy for herself, creating history and bringing joy to billions of fans, not just in India but around the world. She is also a symbol of hope and ambition for everyone, the first women’s singles player to actually pose a threat to and win over Chinese domination in the sport.
In a sport that has for so long been on the sidelines in the nation, Saina is the flag bearer. Every time she steps on the court, she is looking to re-write records and make new ones. Certainly about to make some more history, here are the five most historic moments of Saina Nehwal’s career so far.
When Saina Nehwal beat 3rd seeded Lin Wang in Jakarta, she achieved a career milestone. She also created history, by being the first Indian to win a Superseries title. Displaying great mental strength, Saina beat the clear favourite Lin Wang 12-21,21-18,21-9. That she made a comeback from one game down to win the match in such a high pressure situation was clear indication of things to come.