When Saina Nehwal became the first Indian woman to hold the top badminton player ranking in 2015, the entire globe clapped for her. Every girl who has ever heard that girls can’t achieve certain things or walk shoulder to shoulder with men can take encouragement from her journey thus far.
Saina Nehwal, who was born in Hisar in 1990, is Usha Rani and Harvir Singh Nehwal’s child. She started playing badminton to fulfil her mother’s desire of becoming a national-level player after her father was promoted and relocated to Hyderabad. Usha Rani had competed at the state level.
Saina’s father spent all of his provident fund money to get her more training at one of the best courts in the area.
Home Gender Bias
Saina acknowledged in 2010 that her grandma did not visit her until a month after her birth. She was terribly sad that she and her sister were born because she had wanted a male.
When she first learned of her grandmother’s preferences, she was seven years old. She was completely shaken and became aware of what gender discrimination meant.
Saina has paved the way for many females in India and around the world while battling gender bias at home. Almost everyone in the world of sports, notably badminton, is familiar with her name. She is a myth.
In an interview, Nehwal asserted that women and men are on an equal footing in every way. She also emphasised the necessity of fighting poverty, empowering women, and advancing education across the nation. She also discussed the injustices that women experience in the nation, urging them to keep a good outlook and make every effort to find happiness.
2006 National Champion
In New Delhi in 2005, Nehwal took first place in an Asian Satellite competition. In 2006, she won the title of under-19 national champion. She won the Philippines Open, a four-star competition, that same year in May, making history as the sport’s youngest and first female champion. She competed for India in various events in 2007.
Winner of the World Junior Championships In 2008
She gained another accomplishment in 2008 when she became the first Indian to ever win the World Junior Championships. Nehwal won the Chinese Taipei Open in September, and she also triumphed in the Commonwealth Youth Games later that year. Her title as “The Most Promising Player” was conferred by the Badminton World Federation.