Badminton is one those few sports in India that you can find people playing everywhere. It’s not uncommon in India, that you’ll see two or more people just hitting a shuttlecock with their rackets, even without any net.
Since its conception in England, badminton always remained popular in India. At the world stage, Europe did embraced it for a while with Denmark heading the way. At present you’ll see Asian countries at the helm, dominating the sport. Badminton is considered one of the top 3 sports in countries, such as Malaysia, Mauritius and China.
In the fastest rackets game in the world, where a shuttlecock getting hit as fast as 320 kph, female players have marked their unyielding place. When thinking of any badminton greats, names like Han Aiping and Li Lingwei spring to mind, as these ladies are known to be the all-time best players.
Joining the league, Sania Nehwal has done something special for the women’s category of badminton in this country. She undoubtedly is the most successful female badminton player in India giving this country its maiden Olympic medal in the London Olympics.
Born in Utter Pradesh, Sania already has two former badminton players as her parents. So, at the young age of eight, she was already playing on the court. Keeping a winning mantra of ‘hard work’, she always strived to be the remembered one in the sport of badminton.
And at the age of 23, she performed absolute wonders on the badminton court. In 2008, she became the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championships, followed by the 2009 win in the Super Series tournament.
Sania reached to her career best ranking when she was placed at second place by the Badminton World Federation December 2010. She kept her winning streak alive when she faced China's Xin Wang in 2012 London Olympics. This was the match when Sania achieved her bronze medal against a former world no. 1.
Being a successful athlete is the result of arduous preparation and Sania has still maintained the humility in the athlete inside her. She practises for 8 hours a day in two separate sessions. Guiding her is the Indian badminton legend, Pullela Gopichand, mentoring her at every step.
Sania has always placed badminton at a high stature in her life, but sometimes she also likes to engage in her other hobbies, such as music and arts. We now know how good she is in something like Karate, as she has already earned her brown belt.
We admire Sania for her unruffled love for her favourite sport, as she inspires us with her hard work. She is the pride of our nation and a force in world of badminton and that is why, she already is a legend.