Saina Nehwal is a badminton player from India who is among the world’s top players in women’s badminton and she has won a number of championships. Nehwal lived in Hisar town of Haryana state in India for a few years early in her life but the family relocated to Hyderabad when she was still only a child and it was in the new city that she learned the tricks of the game from some of the best-known coaches in the game. Nehwal was a teenage sensation when she won the Under-19 national championships and from then on she went from strength to strength as she developed her game quickly and started winning major trophies in the professional circuit. She became the first Indian badminton player to win a BWF Series event and continued to impress on her way to winning the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2010. However, the most important win of her career was without a doubt her bronze medal-winning performance at the London Olympics in 2012. She has won a number of awards from the Government of India for her contributions and is without doubt one of India’s leading sportspersons.
Nehwal was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2009 and a year later, the Government of India honoured her with the Padma Shri, She also won the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2009 and in 2016, she was awarded the Padma Bhusan.
Saina Nehwal also published her autobiography titled 'Playing to win, my life on and off court' in 2012.