Saina Nehwal Biography: Age, Height, Personal Life, Achievements and Net Worth

Saina Nehwal Biography: If Badminton today is regarded as one of the most followed sports in our country, a lot of credit should be given to Indian badminton player, Saina Nehwal for her outstanding contribution to the sport. 

The Indian female professional badminton player holds as many as 24 International titles to her name, including seven Superseries titles. 

Saina Nehwal Early Life

Saina Nehwal Childhood

Saina Nehwal was born to Harvir Singh Nehwal and Usha Rani Nehwal in a small district of Hisar in Haryana. Nehwal completed her few years of schooling from Campus School CCS HAU, Hisar before moving to St. Ann’s College for Women at Mehdipatnam, Hyderabad. 

In a bid to fulfill her mother’s dream of becoming a national level badminton player, Saina Nehwal took up the sport when she was just 8 years old. In her initial days of training, Saina started her badminton training under the guidance of S.M. Arif. 

Saina worked rigorously on her game since the start of her career and performed impeccably in both National and International events. 

Saina Nehwal Personal Life
Saina Nehwal’s father, Harvir Singh holds a PhD in agricultural science and works at Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University. 

The Indian badminton player comes from a sporting background as both her mother and father played badminton for a number of years. Saina Nehwal’s mother, Usha Rani was, in fact, a state-level badminton player in Haryana. Saina Nehwal has an elder sister, named Chandranshu Nehwal. Bollywood actor, Shahrukh Khan, and Prabhas are Saina’s favourite actors. 

Saina Nehwal Personal Life

Saina married her fellow badminton player Parupalli Kashyap in the year 2018. Saina and Parupalli met each other in the Pullela Gopichand’s badminton academy in 2005. From there, the bond grew exponentially and after dating for over a decade the couple exchanged vows in a private ceremony on December 14, 2018.  The wedding took place at Saina’s residence in Orion villas at Raidurgam in Cyberabad. 

Saina Nehwal Professional Life
Saina Nehwal announced herself in the sport of badminton at just 16 years of age, becoming the under-19 national champion. She created history after winning the prestigious Asian Satellite Badminton Tournament twice in 2006.

In the same year, she became the first Indian badminton and youngest player from Asia to win the Phillippines Open. This was followed by a fine-run in the 2006 BWF World Junior Championships, where she lost to Wang Yihan in the final.

Saina reached the quarter-finals only in her first Olympic Games, before losing to Maria Kristin Yulianti in the quarter-finals. Saina Nehwal continuously hogged all the limelight, winning Yonex Chinese Taipei Open in September 2008. She beat Lydia Cheah Li Ya in the final by 21-8 21-9. 

Saina Nehwal made heads turn when she became the first Indian woman to win a BWF Super Series title. She beat Wang In in the final 12-21, 21-18, and 21-9 to win the Indonesia Open. 

Saina Nehwal

The year 2010 saw her leading India’s women Team to the Quarter-Finals stage of the Uber Cup. In the same year, she won several tournaments, including India Open Grand Prix Gold, Singapore Open Super Series, and BWF Grand Prix Gold to name a few. 

Saina beat the then world number 2 Wang Shixian 21-19, 21-16 to win Swiss Open Title in March 2012. Two months later, she beat Thailand’s Ratchanok Inthanon 19–21 21–15 21–10, to lift the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold title in June 2012. 

She beat her fellow player P.V.Sindhu 21-14, 21-17 in the final to win the Women’s singles of India Open Grand Prix Gold Tournament. She defended her title in 2015, beating Spain’s Carolina Martin in the final. 

Nehwal made a fine start in 2017, winning her maiden Malaysia Open Grand Gold title. 

She stunned the world by winning the first Asian badminton medal for India by a woman in 2018 Asian Games. 

Saina Nehwal Honours
Saina Nehwal was honoured with Arjuna Award in 2009, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2009, and Padma Shri award in 2010 for her immense contribution to the sport of badminton. 

Saina Nehwal Achievements

Saina Nehwal achievements

Olympics Games:

  • Saina on a bronze medal in women’s singles in 2012 Wembley Arena, UK, beating Wang Xin in the finals. 

BWF World Championships:

  • Saina Nehwal bagged silver and a bronze in 2015 and 2017 World Championships.

Commonwealth Games:

  • Saina bagged gold in 2010 Commonwealth Games, beating Wong Mew Choo 19-21, 23-21, 21-13. 
  • She also won a gold medal in 2018 Commonwealth Games, beating PV Sindhu 21-18, 23-21. 

Asian Games:

  • She holds a bronze medal in the 2018 Asian Games in the women singles event. She beat Tai Tzu-Ying 17-21, 14-21 in the final.  

Asian Championship:

  • Saina Nehwal has three bronze medals to her name in Asain Championships, held in 2010, 2016, and 2018. 

World Junior Championships:

  • Saina bagged a silver medal in 2006 World Junior Championships in Girls’ Singles event, held in Incheon. 
  • She improved her performance in 2008, bagging a gold medal in the Girls’ Singles event, held in Pune. 

Uber Cup:

  • Saina won a bronze medal in Women’s team event in 2014 Uber Cup, held in New Delhi.
  • She bagged a bronze medal in Women’s team event in the 2016 Uber Cup, held in Kunshan.

Commonwealth Youth Games:

  • She bagged a gold medal in 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games, held in Pune.
  • She won a silver medal in 2004 Commonwealth Youth Games in the mixed team event, held in Bendigo. 

Physical Measurements
Height: 5’6 inches
Weight:  65kgs
Hair Colour: Black 
Eye Colour: Brown

Saina Nehwal Personal Information
Full Name:  Saina Nehwal 
Nickname: –
Age: 29
Hometown: Haryana

Indian badminton star, Saina has not found herself in any controversy in her career. 

Saina Nehwal Net Worth
She is the second-highest-paid sportswoman in the country. Her net worth is estimated to be $3 million. She owns a host of luxury cars, including Mini Cooper, Mercedez Benz, and BMW.

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