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Saina Nehwal: Likes


“… I get over a million likes when I meet our political leaders or film actors; I get around a few lakh likes on winning matches,  or for snaps from monuments or foreign landmarks.” 

—Saina Nehwal. 

Saina Nehwal: What she said, really meant and definitely didn’t


Saina Nehwal makes no song-and-dance about her name or her (almost) namesake—merely her achievements.

What she said:

“If you’re starting your career and you have a name that is similar to a celebrity, it also gives you an added advantage.”

Saina Nehwal is not in the shadows anymore—certainly not Sania Mirza’s.

Speaking to Mint Indulge, the No.1 Indian woman badminton player said:

“For me, badminton is my love. And I was persuaded by my parents to follow it when I was quite young, say around eight years old. I have still not taken it as a profession, rather I take it as my duty and I enjoy it a lot. I have also been helped by the sacrifices that my family has made, the hard work of the coaches I worked with, the support of the financiers, love of the fellow countrymen and, of course, blessings of the almighty. But my parents are the producers of this badminton project. That is why I am here in badminton. Also, I love badminton because it does not know the boundaries of caste, creed, religion and nationality.”

Sania Mirza at the 2009 US Open

Sania Mirza at the 2009 US Open (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

About the media and Indian public initially confusing her with Sania Mirza, Indian women’s tennis icon, Nehwal responded:

“I think hard work pays. If you’re starting your career and you have a name that is similar to a celebrity, it also gives you an added advantage. She was an established player when I started and I might actually have been helped by her name in the past. Now that I too am doing some good work, people know me as Saina Nehwal and it feels good.”

What she really meant:

“What’s in a name? We’re both roses of Indian sport and how we arose. Who cares if I’m Sania Nehwal and she’s Saina Mirza? Besides, we’re both in the same racquet, aren’t we? They’re both racquet sports.”

What she definitely didn’t:

“Now if they’d only allow us badminton players to wear those cool skirts and tops like tennis players, I’d be a cool diva too.”

PV Sindhu: What she said, really meant and definitely didn’t


PV Sindhu

What she said:

“I’ll tell you when I do fall in love.”

PV Sindhu is the best thing to happen to Indian badminton since Saina Nehwal. She has two World Championship bronze medals to her name—a feat no other Indian shuttler has ever achieved. Is she the next big thing or the current big thing? Consistency will tell.

What she really meant:

“I have little time for anything outside badminton. Until then…”

What she definitely didn’t:

“We’ll have a small bio-pic produced when that happens with a theme song titled ‘Dil Yeh Shuttle Hai'”.

 

Saina Nehwal serves up Danish treat; Caroline Wozniacki smoulders in cool Russia


Saina serves up Danish treat; Wozniacki smoulders in cool Russia.
“Been there! Great Big Daned that!”

Googli Hoogli: Saina ‘Crouching Tiger’ Nehwal slays Wang ‘Hidden Dragon’ Yihan in semis


Saina Nehwal talks to Sania Mirza about skirting an issue (Satire)


Sania Mirza woke up late last evening to a call on her mobile.

Ms. Saina Nehwal, India’s ace shuttler, was on the other end.

“Sania didi, I need your help. It’s urgent.”

“Hey Saina, how are you? How’s it going? Congratulations on your Swiss Grand Prix win.”

“Thank you. Thank you very much.”

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Saina Nehwal Caps Year With Hong Kong Super Series Triumph


May 12, 2010 - Kuala Lumpur, China - (100512) -- KUALA LUMPUR, May 12, 2010 (Xinhua) -- India's Saina Nehwal returns a shot to China's Wang Yihan during the women's singles match at the quarterfinals of Uber Cup badminton championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on May 12, 2010. Saina Nehwal lost 1-2. (Xinhua/Zhang Chen.

Saina Nehwal added another glorious chapter to the annals of Indian sport on Sunday, the 12th of December, 2010.

The young Hyderabadi clinched her fourth Super Series title at Hong Kong defeating her Chinese opponent Shixian Wang 15-21, 21-16, 21-17 in one hour and 11 minutes.

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Indian cricket: Of multi-crore deals, consistency and Ranji Kings Mumbai


Ranji Trophy

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Dhoni may be the Indian cricketer with the most endorsements but Tendulkar makes more money per deal than the Indian captain. Dhoni boasts of a Rs. 180 crore deal and has over 20 brands in his portfolio.

Tendulkar has fourteen endorsements and charges around Rs. 6 – Rs. 7 crores per client. Tendulkar has always been selective about his clientele — the number of brands endorsed hovers around twelve to fifteen at a time.

Contrast this to Saina Nehwal’s recent hike in her price from Rs. 50 lakhs to a high of a crore and you can see the yawning difference in how other sports stars are treated in this country.

Keep in mind that cricket has just ten Test playing nations. It’s not quite cricket, is it?

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Saina Nehwal: Shining Light,Shining Bright


May 12, 2010 - Kuala Lumpur, China - (100512) -- KUALA LUMPUR, May 12, 2010 (Xinhua) -- India's Saina Nehwal returns a shot to China's Wang Yihan during the women's singles match at the quarterfinals of Uber Cup badminton championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on May 12, 2010. Saina Nehwal lost 1-2. (Xinhua/Zhang Chen.

After  a famous victory over Pakistan in the Asia Cup, Indian sport has another reason to celebrate with Saina Nehwal crowning herself with back-to-back victories at the Grand Prix India Open and the Super-Series  Singapore Open. The Singapore Open is her second Super Series win following her victory at the Indonesian Open last year.

This is just the latest in a string of achievements by this young shuttler in a sport in which India is not renowned to be a powerhouse. Nonetheless, Indian badminton can boast of some noteworthy successes namely Prakash Padukone, the tragic Syed Modi and more recently Pulella Gopichand ,who also happens to be Nehwal’s coach.

This young 20 year old is the latest star in the firmament of Indian badminton and more importantly Indian sport. And that is something to celebrate because for a nation of over a billion people, we have far too few sport stars our youngsters can model themselves on.

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I like life. It’s something to do. – Ronnie Shakes

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