“Nothing bigger than standing on the Olympic podium… It still seems like a dream, it is unbelievable.”
I am back with our 9th individual Olympic champion. Do read my first post on Olympic Heroes of India.
well… over the years Saina has proved her metal and she has consistently and remarkably done wonders in Badminton. Watching her play especially against Chinese players is always a treat for me.
As It Happened
Saturday August 4, 2012, London
Saina won the women’s singles Bronze medal badminton match against China’s Wang Xin at the 2012 Olympics, Saturday, August 4, 2012, in London. Wang conceded the Bronze to Saina retiring hurt after she won the first game 21-18 and up in the second 1-0.
Life Of The Champion
Saina was associated with badminton since birth as both of her parents are Badminton players and champions. Born in Hisar, Haryana Saina moved to many places before shifting to Hyderabad. Now her base is Bangalore city.
Saina started with no sponsorship. There was the huge cost for kit, shoes, rackets and other equipment. She had to travel a long distance for training. There was a constant fear of failure and the lack of sponsorship did not help either. Initially she lost way too many matches. All this hardship payed of and she rose to the top of her game.
With great coaches and mentors as Pullela Gopichand and Vijay Kumar, she managed to break the Chinese dominance. With never say die-attitude, grueling hard work, She became the first ever Indian to win an Olympic medal in Badminton sport. She has won many Super series Badminton titles as well. She has been awarded with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna – the highest sports award of our country.
Truly the queen of Indian Badminton!
Her first match in Rio Olympics is on 11th of August 2016.