Saina Nehwal is the leading professional badminton player, who has made big name for India on the global level, by bagging a number of medals and titles for the country. She has not only registered her presence in the international realm, but has also won the hearts of million in a country like India, which is known for its great love for the game of cricket.
Net Worth: $ 15 million
Income Source: Saina Nehwal makes huge income from her sporting career and is the richest sportswoman in the country. She also earns a great deal of money for endorsing some leading brands such as Fortune Cooking Oil, Herbal Life and Top Ramen noodles. She also signed a contract with Rhiti Sports Company in 2013, for a whopping sum of Rs 40 crore.
Born: 17th March, 1990 (24 years old)
Marital Status: Single
Height/Weight: 5 feet 5 inches, 56 kg
Saina Nehwal was born in a Jatt family, in the small toen of Dhindar located in the Hisar district in Haryana. Her parents, Harvir Singh Nehwal and Usha Nehwal were supportive to her right from the beginning of her career. She pursued her education in a local school followed by a college degree from St Anne College for Women. She simultaneously pursued a career in badminton and was able to reach the top with her undying dedication and hard work, in addition to her inborn skill and talent in the game. Her biggest feat in badminton is that she reached her career top rank of number 2, besides bringing hem a bronze medal in London Games 2012.
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Saina Nehwal proved in her childhood itself that she is destined to do great things in the field of professional badminton. She was able to become the under 19 champion in 2006 and also won the Philippines open in that year. She was also the runner upin the BWF World Junior Championship in 2006. 2008 was a great year for her, when she was able to lift the World Junior Badminton Championship, by beating the leading Japanese player Sayaka Sato. She reached the quarter finals of the Olympics, creating history for India. Her other achievements include the titles of BWF Super Series and Indonesian Open Championship, which came in 2009. Another feat achieved by Saina Nehwal for India is the gold medal brought home by her in 2010 Commonwealth Games. She was the first Indian woman badminton player to make it to the semi final All England Super Series. She is the reigning queen of badminton in India, who is worshipped by fans all over the country and around the world too. She has created an example for every small town girl, by achieving glorious feats for India.
Saina Nehwal was gifted a BMW series car by the God of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar, when she brought fame for the country on the international level. His gesture was in appreciation for her grand achievements in the field of international badminton.