She is the Lady of “First of Firsts” in the Indian Badminton family. Saina Nehwal is just 25 but her records stand as tall as the Great “Walls” of China in the racquet sport. She became the first female Badminton player to win a medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics when she settled for the bronze. A lot will be riding on her when she sets foot at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. Here are 5 greatest wins that Saina pulled out in the Badminton Elite circuit.
1. Saina Nehwal vs Wang Shixian (HONGKONG OPEN 2010)
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The final of the 2010 HongKong Super series was contested between the No.2 seed Saina Nehwal and No.3 seed Wang Shixian. In what looked like the “battle of the equals”, Wang Shixian took the first set from Saina 21-15. As Saina’s stamina and undying spirits read, she fought back to lift the crown by taking the 2nd and the 3rd set 21-16 21-17.
- Saina Nehwal vs Li Xuerui (INDONESIA OPEN 2012)
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Li Xuerui has often proved to be a potential threat to Saina in the big stage. But Saina didn’t let it get the better of her and thumped the Chinese, despite losing the first set, to claim the Championship 13–21, 22–20, 21–19 in a closely contested match.
- Saina Nehwal vs Carolina Marin (SYED MODI INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2015)
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A most expected 3-setter that went down to the wire as the first set was taken by the World Champion Carolina Marin from Spain, 21-19. But she went down fighting to the Local Favorite, Saina 23-25, 16-21 in a gripping final encounter where the Indian claimed the title for the 2nd time in a row.
- Saina Nehwal vs Wang Yihan (TOTAL BWF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2015)
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The Indian super shuttler ranked No.2, went on to beat Wang Yihan of China in the Quarterfinals of the BWF World Championship after losing the second set, to qualify for the semi-finals with the score 21-15, 19-21, 21-19 . She later defeated her opponent in the pre-finals to become the first Indian ever to reach the final of a World Championship.
- Saina Nehwal vs Carolina Marin (BWF WORLD SUPER SERIES FINALS 2015)
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It was a World no.1 vs World no.2 duel in the year-end World Super series finals (Group Stage). After her expensive loss to the Spaniard in the World Championship Final, this one must have been a tough match for the Indian. But she took down the World no. 1 in 1 hour and 15 minutes in 3 sets 23-21, 9-21, 21-12, which ended up being a nail-biting encounter.
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