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Thread: Saina Nehwal
12-23-2012, 10:18 PM #1327
12-23-2012, 10:42 PM #1328
No point arguing about this. However ..
Indian Badminton association, without knowing her full condition, they have announced that she will play in the first round.
Do you find something really disturbing about this statement from the IBA?
She will play in the first round? What is that supposed to mean?
12-23-2012, 11:01 PM #1329
I couldn't help noticing Saina has this habit of slowly curling her fingers on the grip when she readies to accept serve. It's like she wants to make sure all the fingers have got the right position...
12-23-2012, 11:04 PM #1330
Saina Nehwal shines bright for Indian badminton once again
After a rather subdued performance last year, Saina turned 2012 into a milestone year for Indian badminton when she fetched the country's first Olympic medal at the London Games, winning the bronze in August.
In the Olympic year, Saina won two Grand Prix Gold titles -- Swiss Open and Thailand Open -- besides winning the Indonesia Super Series and Denmark Super Series. She also reached the finals of the French Open.
Saina, as usual, was the brightest name in Indian badminton as she geared up for the Olympics with some stupendous performances early in the year.
Sindhu clinched the prestigious Badminton Asia Youth Under-19 title in July to make heads turn but her biggest victory came in September when she stunned the newly crowned Olympic champion Li Xuerui in the China Masters and reached the semifinals of the tournament.
The lanky shuttler also reached the semis of the Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold.
But a knee problem, which she sustained in China, saw her lose to Sayali Gokhale in the final of the Senior National championship in Srinagar and after that she skipped the World Junior Badminton Championship in October.
12-24-2012, 12:02 AM #1331
12-29-2012, 12:59 AM #1332
The one thing you didn’t know about Saina Nehwal
In an age of tele-marketed sports heroes, spontaneity is a rare commodity. This is the age of prepared answers, opinions and behaviour designed to please the advertiser’s market. Consequently, it’s only away from the cameras and expectant public that one may find genuine character. With Saina Nehwal, whose every word and gesture is now news, the genuine shone through at the All England Open two years ago, and it had less to do with badminton and more with her attitude to social commitment.
French journalist Raphael Sachetat had started a charity called Solibad, which would use badminton players to raise money for orphanages in Haiti, Kuala Lumpur and Bali. He was enlisting the help of top badminton stars in Indonesia, Malaysia and England, and as an afterthought believed Saina would fit in as well.
Unsure of how she would react, he’d asked me to approach her with the project idea and was prepared for a long-drawn exchange with her agents. Neither of us need have worried. As soon as Saina heard it was a charity project, she agreed. “If it’s a charity, no problem,” she said. “I’ll do whatever is required.”
Taken aback at this spontaneity, Raphael asked her if she wanted to take a look at the details before giving her consent. “Oh, send it to me later,” she shrugged. “Just let me know what I need to do, and I’ll do it.”
The incident was a revelation. Sports stars do endorse charity projects, but there is the element of a business deal with every endorsement. It adds to their brand value. Saina, on the other hand, had spontaneously reacted to its intrinsic worth – what it meant, rather than what it would do to her image.
Later, during a long conversation before her semifinal, she opened up about what it meant to her. “Charity is the most important thing,” she said. “I told Solibad it would be nice if they started an India programme. I’m willing to give my time and money to any number of charities. There are a lot of people in India who need help. Maybe we can find more Sainas among the lesser-privileged people here.”
Saina’s ready willingness to help charitable causes is an unheralded part of her personality, perhaps because few know about it. While Solibad hasn’t yet begun an Indian chapter for which her services could be enlisted, it has brought on board the top stars of world badminton to raise funds for charitable causes in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Haiti and Vietnam.
Badminton has the privilege of having players who think beyond themselves. Several top stars – including Lee Yong Dae, Peter Gade, Taufik Hidayat, Pi Hongyan, Koo Kien Keat and others – have been helped raise funds for the organisation. Recently, Korean superstar Lee Yong Dae donated 10 million Korean Won (USD 8700) to Solibad during the Korean Open Superseries. “This isn’t much, and I wish I could do more for Solibad, but our time off court is limited and we have to focus on the game, especially in an Olympic year,” said Yong Dae. “But when I saw the flooding in Thailand recently, that really moved me and I wanted to do something for Thailand and these other projects that Solibad is helping.”
Kind hearted Saina is her another avataar apart from her fighting skills on court . This proved that she is not only a legend in badminton circuit and also in humanitarian accounts . Wonderful Saina ... Go ahead... You will become a new princess of badminton arena who shows her talent off the court in charities .
Last edited by scorpion1; 12-29-2012 at 01:02 AM.
01-03-2013, 12:03 AM #1333
01-03-2013, 01:19 AM #1334
01-03-2013, 03:06 AM #1335
Saina Nehwal commends ICRISAT's plant genetic conservation initiatives
On a recent visit to the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-arid Tropics (ICRISAT), badminton ace and Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal said the Hyderabad-based institute's efforts to conserve plant genetics are laudable.
“They (ICRISAT's initiatives) illustrate the value and use of crop biodiversity in the fight against hunger and poverty and its impact on the livelihoods of millions of small-holder farmers in the dryland tropics,” Nehwal said.
She toured the institute’s facilities, particularly its RS Paroda Genebank, as its invitee, and described her experience as delightful and an eye-opener. During her visit, she helped spread the word about the importance of genetic conversation in the global fight against hunger and poverty.
“Nature has truly blessed us with a rich genetic diversity, which is unique and important in sustaining life in this planet. This visit gave me a better understanding of the importance of plant genetic conservation in sustaining and using genetic diversity for global food security,” Nehwal added.
01-03-2013, 08:58 AM #1336
^ hehe Indian parents: Always there
01-03-2013, 10:15 AM #1337
01-10-2013, 11:05 PM #1338
All other things being equal, Saina has a very good opportunity to take the title in the Korean Open PSS this week.
She plays the quarter-final against Han Li, the h2h is 2-0 for Saina.
She could meet Sung Ji Hyun (h2h 4-0 to Saina) or Porntip (h2h 5-0 to Saina) in the Semis.
And for the Finals, she could meet Mitani (h2h 3-1 to Saina), Nichaon Jindapon (h2h 1-0 Saina), WSX (h2h 3-1) or Bae Yeon Ju (h2h 5-2 Saina).
Now all she needs to do is remain steady, fit and focussed, and concentrate on her mobility for the next 3 days.
01-10-2013, 11:07 PM #1339
My ideal WS final for this tourney is Saina vs MM
01-11-2013, 07:22 AM #1340
I think slower conditions don't suit Saina's playing style. She do not fare well in these tournaments.
Let's hope she does well in Maylasia
01-11-2013, 07:43 AM #1341
01-11-2013, 09:44 AM #1342
If I were Saina, I would not use all of my strength in Maylasia open. Let’s be realistic, Saina got her knee injured and the knee injury is very hard to cure, especially for badminton players. She needs to be more cautious about matches. lots of intense matches are certainly not a good idea.
Again, please be realistic! Thanks to BWF’s stupid rules, whatever Saina will do won’t stop her being the world No 2 because Wang Yihan won’t participate and She wouldn’t be world No 1 even if she won Maylasia open WS title. And the prize is rather low for a player like Saina, I guess she is one of richest players in the badminton world.
I know, to win the title always being an honor. But there comes a more honorable tournament after the Maylasia open – All England SP. That’s one of the dreams for all badminton players. Let you indian fans decide what choice Saina will take:
(1) do all her best to win the title in Maylasia with risk of getting injured again just for a little money, nothing else.
(2) save her fitness and improve her training for All-England SP for a breakthrough
Well, I just neglect one thing, that is, it’s rather difficult for Saina in All-England SP because all top chinese players will participate that tournament, but for Maylasia open, nearly all top chinese players just let it go without care. So it is a little bit easier for Saina in Maylasia if she really want this title.
Last edited by dieter_spath; 01-11-2013 at 09:49 AM.
01-11-2013, 10:29 AM #1343
Again you are missing something. If chinese players retires abrubtly and make fake retirements, does everybody need to follow that????. I wonder why you are so keen about Saina and her participation?? .
I know that you are a Li xuerui fan. That does not mean you need to ask everybody not to participate in the superseries events. This is the first time Li Han has entered a Semifinal it seems. I wish her all the best for her first superseries title ever..
I hope BWF will take necessary steps against those players who intentionally retired this tournament . Strict rules needed to be formed . Lee Chong Wei and Saina are the true players who never make fake retirements. These people are the only two who are top non-chinese players in their respective categories.
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