Saina Nehwal

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Saina Nehwal is an Indian Khel Ratna badminton player currently ranked 4 in the world by Badminton World Federation. The Indian star, who celebrated her 22nd birthday on Saturday, trounced Wang 21-19, 21-16 in 48 minutes to complement her 21-16, 21-18 semifinal win over Minatsu Mitani of Japan late on Saturday night.

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Saina is the and the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championships.

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Saina Nehwal made history on June 21, 2009, becoming the first Indian to win a Super Series tournament, by clinching the Indonesia Open with a victory over higher-ranked Chinese Wang Lin in Jakarta.

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Saina won her second career Super Series title by winning the Singapore Open title on June 20, 2010.

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She completed a hat-trick in the same year by winning the Indonesian Open on June 27, 2010.

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This win resulted in her rise to 3rd ranking and subsequently to No. 2. Later in the same year she also won Hong Kong Super Series on December 12, 2010.

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After experiencing a poor 2011 season, Saina become the first Indian singles player to reach the summit stage of year-ending Super Series Finals defeating two-time All England champion and World No. 5 Tine Baun in the semi-finals.

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Previously coached by S. M. Arif, a Dronacharya Award winner, Saina is the reigning Indian national junior champion and is currently coached by Indonesian badminton legend Atik Jauhari since August 2008, with the former All England champion and national coach Pullela Gopichand being her mentor.

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