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Saina Nehwal – A Pride of India

Post  K S Venkataraman on Thu Jul 01, 2010 12:39 pm

Saina Nehwal – A Pride of India
K S VENKATARAMAN


Saina Nehwal won Indonesian Open. She beat Japan's Sayaka Sato 21-19, 13-21, 21-11 in the final in Jakarta on Sunday, June 27, 2010. She has achieved the hat-trick after her India Open GP Gold and Singapore Open Super Series titles over the last two weeks.


When somebody asked about her rankings, 20 year-old Saina Nehwal replied, “I want to be 100 per cent at every tournament. I’m not concerned about rankings. If I win, my ranking will improve. My focus is on improving my game and fitness. If that happens, everything else follows.” What a healthy philosophy of life, this youngster has as the foundation of her life! In these few words, she has given the teachings of the Bhagawad Gita in nutshell: ‘Concentrate on your duty, without worrying about the rewards. If you can perform unswervingly at your best, understand that it is the major reward of life.’
Prakash Padukone won the English Masters Championship in 1979 held at Royal Albert Hall, London. Further, he won the Danish Open and the Swedish Open Championships in the year 1980. These Swedish, Danish and All England titles lifted him to world No 1. The summit that Padukone scaled is now within sight of Saina as well. Not that she cares too much about rankings.
Saina Nehwal is now the ace Indian badminton player, holding the world rank number 3. Her latest victory at the Djarum Indonesia Open Super Series, enabled her to retain the crown on Sunday and gave her the third title in the last 19 days.
Saina began briskly her first game and secured a 9-4 lead. But Sayaka Sato was not a pushover. She fought back and led Saina at 16-17. Saina had to win three consecutive points to move to 19-17. Still Sayaka managed to save a game point but very soon the first set ended in Saina’s favor.
Sayaka returned with a lot of determination. She put forth her best and hit the shuttle very hard. She rushed to a 14-7 lead! She smashed 14 winners and Saina had to concede the set to her opponent.
Saina came back and asserted her superiority in the third set. Her concentration was superb. She did not give much air and kept the shuttle in play. She also forced her opponent to the net frequently. Sayaka committed many errors and could not control Saina’s progress. Finally, in the battle that lasted 45 minutes, Saina Nehwal smelt victory; with four successive points, she emerged victorious and defended well her championship here.
Saina acknowledge her success gracefully and said, “I am very, very happy. It’s a memorable moment in my life. To defend the crown is exciting and to win a third title on the trot is a great feeling. I am delighted.” She added, “This is my 15th consecutive match and winning all of them is great. I am extremely satisfied with my performance. Winning at Chennai, Singapore and here was just amazing. I am very happy that I have been consistent over the last three weeks.”
The next challenge for Saina is already very near and in sight. It is the World Championships to be held in Paris from Aug 23 to 29. She has said, “My next target is the World title. These three victories have given me immense confidence. I want to train hard and do well at the World Championships.”
Her victory in Jakarta may not take her higher than her present third rank because here she had only defended the points she had already won. But no doubt, the boost to her self-confidence would be great.
Her coach Pullela Gopichand has said,, “It’s phenomenal. Very few players are capable of winning three titles in a row. It’s a result of her fitness and rigorous practice. She’s very young and I am expecting more such performances from her. Once she’s back we’ll start preparing for the World Championships.” He also added, “She’s been very consistent and is getting better all the time. It’s simple — just use your brains while training, don’t complicate things too much. I don’t use computer software or anything to analyze.”
Dr. Harvir Singh Nehwal, Saina’s father said with justifiable pride, “I always believed she can do well at international level. Before going to Singapore she told me, ‘Papa, I’ll win this title.’ It’s God’s grace that she’s doing so well. I hope she’ll come up with a good performance at the World Championships as well. She’s made the country proud.”

Born on March 27, 1990 at Hisar in Haryana (India), Saina Nehwal has already an impressive list of achievements. She has already been honored with Arjuna Award and the title of Padma Sri.

Her International / Indian Titles

Czechoslovakia Junior Open 2003
Asian Satellite Badminton Tournament 2005
Philippines Open 2006
Asian Satellite Badminton Tournament 2006
Indian National Badminton Tournaments 2007, 2008
Yonex Chinese Taipei Open 2008
World Junior Badminton Championships (First Indian to win a world Junior title) 2008
Indonesian Open Super Series (First Indian to win a Super Series event) 2009
India Open Grand Prix Gold Event 2010 (June 13)
Singapore Open Super Series 2010 (June 20)
Indonesia Open 2010 (June 27)
Other International Performances

Commonwealth Games, 2006 - Bronze medal in mixed team event
Beijing Olympics, 2008 - Quarterfinals (First Indian woman to reach Olympics Quarterfinals)
Badminton Asia Championships, 2010 - Bronze medal
All-England Super Series, 2010 - Semifinalist
The field is vast. Many a summit is there to conquer like the Asian Games, the World Championships, the Olympics and so on. Saina is only 20. With her courage, determination and positive frame of mine, she will, no doubt, easily accomplish much more and make the country proud.
Saina Nehwal is a source of inspiration and role model for the global youth. Dynamic Youth Online Magazine congratulates Saina Nehwal on her remarkable achievement and wishes her a long successful sports career and that she should become numero uno soon.
Sources

http://sports.rediff.com/report/2010/jun/27/saina-nehwal-wins-indonesia-open-super-series-crown.htm

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/more-sports/badminton/Super-Saina-shines-supreme/articleshow/6099486.cms

http://www.dnaindia.com/sport/report_saina-nehwal-does-it-again-clinches-indonesia-open-title_1401907

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K S Venkataraman is the Associate Editor, Dynamic Youth Online Magazine dedicated to Global Youth Development and freely viewable in www.dynamicyouth.org
He may be contacted through e-mail: dynamicyouth_development@yahoo.com
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