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04-18-2006, 04:07 AM #1
Tribute to Indian Star, Saina Nehwal
It was an unbelievable showing by 17-year-old, Saina Nehwal at the recent Melbourne Commonwealth Games 2006 when she substituted India's top woman singles player, Aparna Popat, to play first singles in the Team events.
All the top Commonwealth singles players who had the unfortunate 'privilege' to meet Saina in the team events succumbed to her youthful exuberance and 'devil-may-care' attitude. Singapore's last Commonwealth Games champion, Li Li, was completely shattered in straight games and this no doubt contributed to her country's elimination from the quarter finals by India, the eventual Team bronze medal winner over New Zealand. England's previous silver medalist, Susan Hallam, was another casualty in the team event but she was lucky enough not to meet Saina in the Individual event and was crowned the singles queen this time when she took revenge on Malaysia's Wong Mew Choo who also defeated her in the Team event in a nail-biting, rubber game finish.
Strangely enough, it took Xing Aiying of Singapore to cut short Saina's path in the individual event, albeit in three games. Had Singapore fielded Xing, instead of Li Li, to challenge Saina in the Team event, the team's outcome might turn out differently. But then India also took a risk to place such a heavy burden on young Saina against the experienced Li Li. And it paid off for India.
Bellingham of New Zealand also fell to Saina in the team bronze medal stage and with this NZL had to go home empty-handed and thoroughly disappointed the hordes of "Blacks" supporters who flew in for the occasion. Kudos to these supporters who really did their best to uplift the flagging spirits of their fellowmen on the courts.
Here are some pics I took of this young shinning star of India, Saina Nehwal. She was vastly different from the very young and shy girl I saw in Singapore about two years ago, although even at that time she showed a lot of promise. She's now grown taller and decidedly stronger!
07-19-2006, 04:26 AM #2
article on saina
Here's a link to an interview article I wrote when Saina was in Manila and won the Philippine open:
06-21-2009, 09:04 PM #3
Saina Nehwal's first Super Series title
It was more than two years ago that I saw young Saina put up such a brilliant showing at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games team events that I thought she would become a future star.
Now she has not disappointed me when she captured her first SS title at the boisterous Indonesian Open yesterday in a competition that boasts of most of the finest women singles players in the world. With the World Championships around the corner in August at her home country, I'm sure Saina will again do her best to fight for honours and I wish her well.
She might be one of the very few non-China players today who would once again break the backbone of China's domination in world badminton. Anyway, at 19, age is on her side.
India's Nehwal wins Indonesia Super Series title
Sun Jun 21, 2009
CHENNAI (Reuters) - Indian world number eight Saina Nehwal won her first Super Series event in Indonesia on Sunday to raise her country's hopes of a strong performance at the world championships they host in August.
The world junior champion beat China's Lin Wang 12-21 21-18 21-9, having lost to the world number three at the Singapore Super Series the previous week.
"Saina's achievement is huge not just for Indian badminton but for Indian sport," former all-England winner and national coach Pullela Gopichand told Reuters.
"In terms of quality, the Indonesian event is as good as the all-England, the Olympics or the world championships with eight of the world's top 10 figuring in it."
Nehwal, 19, became the first Indian woman to reach the Olympic singles quarter-finals in Beijing last year.
06-22-2009, 02:41 AM #4
good that u still remember her, loh..i thought u already forgot about her
06-22-2009, 02:45 AM #5
Anyone else can u predict who can be a future star Loh? seems that you are pretty good at it.
06-22-2009, 05:39 AM #6
an excellent tournament for the indian star, beating HHY, LL and WL is no mean feat.
06-22-2009, 06:48 AM #7
06-22-2009, 09:15 AM #8
06-22-2009, 10:15 AM #9
Wow yeah - an amazing player! And the scores looked quite handsome towards her , even though going to 3 sets.
Has anyone got a link - that shows wheir I can download this video?
08-01-2009, 10:25 PM #10
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