Saina Nehwal, one of India’s most decorated badminton players, celebrated her 33rd birthday on March 17, 2023. She has been a trailblazer in Indian badminton and has achieved many milestones in her career. Over the course of her illustrious career, Saina Nehwal has won numerous titles and has set several records, making her one of the most successful badminton players in Indian history. Born on March 17, 1990, in Hisar, Haryana, Saina has also made India famous in badminton all over the world. On the occasion of her birthday, let’s take a look at all the records she has made for India.
All the records of Saina Nehwal:
- First Indian to win a BWF Superseries title
In 2009, Saina Nehwal became the first Indian badminton player to win a BWF Superseries title when she won the Indonesia Open. She defeated the Chinese player Wang Lin in the final to clinch the title.
- First Indian woman to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal in badminton
In 2010, Saina Nehwal won a gold medal in the women’s singles event at the Commonwealth Games held in Delhi. She defeated the Malaysian player Mew Choo Wong in the final, becoming the first Indian woman to win a gold medal in badminton at the Commonwealth Games.
- First Indian player to win an Olympic medal in badminton
Moreover, the 2012 Olympics proved to be a memorable outing for Saina Nehwal. In 2012, she won a bronze medal in the women’s singles event at the London Olympics. She defeated the former world champion Wang Xin of China in the quarterfinals. As a result, she became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal in badminton.
- First Indian badminton player to win two medals at the World Championships
In 2015, Saina Nehwal won a silver medal in the women’s singles event at the World Championships held in Jakarta. She became the first Indian badminton player to win two medals at the World Championships. Earlier in 2010, she had won a bronze medal at the same event held in Paris.
- First Indian woman to reach the World No. 1 ranking
In 2015, Saina Nehwal became the first Indian woman to reach the World No. 1 ranking in badminton. She achieved this feat after winning the India Open Super Series title. In addition, she held the top spot for a total of 14 weeks.
- Most consecutive wins by an Indian badminton player
Meanwhile, in 2017, Saina Nehwal won 10 consecutive matches in the women’s singles event at the Malaysia Masters, India Open, and the Badminton Asia Championships. This is the most consecutive wins by an Indian badminton player in the women’s singles event.
- Most number of Commonwealth Games medals by an Indian badminton player
Saina Nehwal has won a total of 4 Commonwealth Games medals, including 2 golds, 1 silver, and 1 bronze. Meanwhile, this is the most number of Commonwealth Games medals won by an Indian badminton player. At the same time, she is the first female badminton player of India to win two Commonwealth Gold in singles competition. She won both these gold in the year 2010 and 2018. At the same time, he won a gold in mixed doubles in 2018. Moreover, Saina Nehwal won a silver medal in the mixed team of the 2010 Commonwealth and a bronze medal with the mixed team in the 2006 Commonwealth.