Saina Nehwal – Fought all Odds

08 December 2011 / By Zil Shah
Does anyone remember her??? Yes, she is the one unfortunate girl who was struggling to survive her identity as an Indian Female Representative in sports!!!

Two years back, people were recognizing her like ” Oh she is Sania Nehwal something and she plays Badminton”.
Yes, in India, only cricket is considered a sport. So, it is obvious that we know all cricketers and even the names of their spouse and children.
After P T Usha, when I heard any other female Sports person’s name in news or on TV was Sania Mirza. (Oh yes that Sania Mirza who was Tennis player. Sharing a photo if you forgot her.)

She was on news for so many reasons:

  1. She was a good tennis player. Yes, she was, after getting so many ads and fame, she got distracted.
  2. Our politicians were also interested in Sania Mirza. Sonia Gandhi met her after some championship because she is Minority Community Girl. I know that she was just wanted to grab an opportunity to attract Minority Community votes.
  3. She had been into controversies because of her clothes, of her affairs and, at last, her marriage.

As she left India after marrying a Pakistani person, all of a sudden people lose Indian female face in sports.


Now our unfortunate girl Saina Nehwal got a chance. You must be asking why unfortunate. Here are some reasons:

  1. She is playing badminton, not cricket nor tennis. In Badminton, only one name we know is Prakash Padukone.
  2. People always got confused with Saina or Sania.
  3. She is a great player and athlete but not a model. (No offense, but it is true).

So people kept ignoring her till Sania’s departure.
Nowadays, she is being recognized by media, ad agencies and so by common people.
Even after winning so many medals Sonia Gandhi didn’t get time to meet her. reasons. 1) Sania is not carrying a big fan-base. 2) Sania is not from minority community (I guess).

Thanks to God, Sania, who was more known for her non-sport related things, went to Pakistan and eventually, Saina got a chance to be Indian Female Face for Sports. (Please don’t talk about Anjum Chopra, she is not playing cricket anymore.)

Saina Nehwal’s Career Record

Saina Nehwal’s Career Overview:

Played Wins Losses Balance
Total 231 156 75 +81
Current year 47 32 15 +17
Played Wins Losses Balance
Total 31 9 22 -13
Current year 0 0 0 0
Category Double partner Rank Points
Women’s singles 4 63096.5778

In 2010, she was awarded Khel Ratna.

I am happy that Saina Nehwal gets a chance to enjoy benefits which other sports-persons have in India. Like, being recognized, getting advertisements and making money. Though these advertisements are not solo at least she is getting some exposure.

I am happy that we have a Female icon in sports like Saina Nehwal. I hope that other female Sports-persons get a chance to represent India in different games and they make us feel proud…

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Zil Shah

Bike Rider, Blogger, Music Lover, Digital Transformation Consultant, MBA, gadget freak, and die-hard Indian...

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She is proud of India! We all know this.
Well written blog.

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