Saina Nehwal

Indian professional badminton player

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Indian professional badminton player Source: Google

Saina Nehwal is an Indian professional badminton player. Although she was ranked second in the world in 2009, it wasn’t until 2015 that she was ranked first.

Early Life & Family

Saina Nehwal, India’s pride, was born on March 17, 1990, in Hisar, Haryana. Harvir Singh Nehwal and Usha Rani Nehwal had her as their younger daughter.

Nehwal’s father holds a Ph.D. in agricultural science and was later transferred to Hyderabad.

Nehwal began playing badminton because she couldn’t socialize with other children due to the language barrier.

She was eight years old at the time. For many years, both of her parents played badminton. Her mother was a Haryana state player, and her father was a university player.

Moreover, Nehwal accompanied her mother to a local Haryana club when she was a child.

Nehwal aspired to fulfill her mother’s ambition of becoming a national badminton player. Her father even used his provident fund to help her provide good training for Nehwal.


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Her older sister, Chandranshu Nehwal, was a volleyball player who later became a model. Prior to badminton, Nehwal was a brown belt in karate as a child.

Nehwal mentions that her grandmother was dissatisfied with her birth and did not visit her for several months afterward.

Professional Life

Nehwal won her first badminton title in 2002 when she won the U-13 Sub-Junior National title. She won the Junior National Championship in 2004, and the Senior National Championship three years later.

Similarly, she achieved her first international success in 2005 when she won the Asian Satellite Badminton Championship in India.

Similarly, at the age of 16, she made her World Champion debut in 2006 but was defeated in the first round by Jiang Yangjioa.


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In the same year, she reached the Junior World Championship finals but came in second place.

Nehwal made her Olympic debut in 2008, making it as far as the quarterfinals before falling to Kristin Yulianti.

In 2008, she was successful in winning both the World Junior Championships and the Commonwealth Youth Championship.


  • Most Promising Player of the Year (2008) award by the Badminton World Federation
  • Arjuna Award (2009)
  • Padma Shri (2010)
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2009–2010)
  • Padma Bhushan (2016)

Relationship Status| Is she Married?

After dating Parupalli Kashyap for almost ten years, Saina Nehwal wed him in 2018. Professional badminton player Parupalli has previously represented India at the Olympics.

In 1997, they first connected at camp. But after training together in Hyderabad, they didn’t begin meeting until 2002.

They eventually enrolled in the Pullela Gopichand badminton academy together in 2004, shortly after it was established. Just before the World Junior Badminton Championship that year, they started dating.


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They did, however, develop a rivalry when they are practicing because Nehwal wants to be the best. After they traveled to various countries together for events, their bond quickly grew stronger.

They have shared all of their professional highs and lows together. After injuries hampered Nehwal’s development in 2018, Kasyup decided to take on a new career as a coach.

To increase their chances of winning a medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, they are both training and working extremely hard.


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Body Measurement, Height, Weight, and Workouts

Talking about Saina’s height she stands 5ft 5 inches tall. She weighs around 65 kg.

Due to aging and injuries, Saina Nehwal has recently had fitness issues.

Saina was physically fit, but her fitness wasn’t ideal for badminton. She started her new innings, though, with help from her husband, coach, and physio.

Physio Pedra advised Nehwal to alter her exercise regimen. The focus of her new routine was badminton.

The main components of Nehwal’s routine are jumping, balance, and direction change.

She also works out six days a week and takes a day off on the seventh. Her workouts primarily target strengthening her legs and forearms.


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Nehwal also performs a dumbbell pullover as part of her regular workouts to build up her back and chest muscles. It also aids in preventing cramps in the muscles.

Similar to this, she rows every day to build up her arm and shoulder muscles.

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Endorsements, Net Worth, and Salary

Saina Nehwal might be the first athlete to sign a major endorsement deal who isn’t a cricket player.

With Edelweiss, she had a three-year deal worth 12 cores in 2015, placing her just behind Virat Kholi and MS Dhoni at the time.

Since 2002, Yonex has sponsored Nehwal. Additionally, 4% of Yonex’s profits are also given to Nehwal.

Along with these partnerships, Nehwal has agreements with Rasna, Herbal Life, Flipkart, Kaira, Bajaj Nomarks, Sahara Group, Iodex, Huawei honor smartphone, Savlon, Kellogg’s, and Indian Overseas Bank.

Along with it, she also represents the following brands: Vaseline, Godrej No Marks, NECC, Sahara Group, Star Sports, Top Ramen Noodles, Emami, Fortune Cooking Oil, and Godrej No Marks.

While Nehwal makes about $300,000 a year, her estimated net worth is $3 million. Saina Nehwal has made a significant financial gain thanks to the games.

She received 10 million rupees (US$140,000) from the Haryana government, 5 million rupees (US$70,000) from the Rajasthan government, and 5 million rupees (US$70,000) from the Andhra Pradesh government, as examples.

Social Media Presence

Nehwal is undoubtedly active on social media sites as well, as he loves his mobile devices.

She currently has accounts on Twitter and Instagram. She has 1.5 million Instagram followers compared to 8.5 million Twitter followers.

Nehwal mostly enjoys posting images and videos of her lifestyle matches on social media.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why did Shraddha Kapoor leave the biopic about Saina Nehwal?

Amole Gupte claims that Shraddha Kapoor dropped out of the “Saina” film because of the actress’s health problems.

What is Saina Nehwal’s net worth?

The estimated $3 million net worth of Saina Nehwal. In addition, Nehwal earns about $300,000.

What kind of degree holds Saina Nehwal?

The SRM Institute of Science and Technology and Mangalayatan University both awarded doctorates to Saina Nehwal in recognition of her achievements.

Where was Saina Nehwal injured?

When she faced Clara Azurmendi of Spain in the first Thomas and Uber Cup Final match in Denmark in October 2021, Saina Nehwal initially battled a groin injury.

Quick Facts

Full Name: Saina Nehwal
Date of Birth: 17th March 1990
Birth Place:  (Native Place) Hisar, Harayana, India
Nick Name: Steff Saina
Age: 32 years old
Gender: Female
Religion: Unknown
Nationality:  Indian
Ethnicity: Hindu
Horoscope:  (Zodiac Sign) Pisces
Body Measurement: Unknown
Height:  5’5″ (1.65m)
Weight:  65 kgs (143 lb)
Build:  Athletic
Shoe size: Unavailable
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Tattoo: No
Father name: Harvir Singh Nehwal
Mother name: Usha Nehwal
Siblings:  Abu CHandranshu Nehwal
Relationship: Married (Parupalli Kashyap)
Children: No
Profession:  Badminton Player
Handedness: Right
Coach: U Vimal Kumar
Current Ranking: 20th
Highest Ranking: 1st
Education: Campus School CCS HAU, Hisar and St.Ann’s College for Women, Hyderabad
Net Worth: Three cores
Social media: Twitter and Instagram.


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