In the wake of her heart breaking exit out of the Rio Olympics 2016, Saina Nehwal has received an massive outpouring of support from Indians all over the globe. It shows that India will always love Saina Nehwal ! That is because she holds a unique position in the heart of our nation.
In a country which is obsessed with one particular sport, it is exceedingly difficult for other sports to gain traction. Sportsmen and sportswomen of these particular disciplines have to work incredibly hard to make their mark in the national sporting fraternity.
In the field of badminton, after the significant contributions of Prakash Padukone and Pullela Gopichand, it has been the Hyderabadi girl Sania Nehwal who has captured the attention of millions of Indians and has drawn the much-needed interest towards the sport. Here are the 5 reasons why India loves Sania Nehwal !
5) For making Indian badminton relevant again !
Ever since bursting into the scene by winning the Phillipines Open in May 2006, Sania has taken giant strides by winning the World Junior Championships followed by striking Gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games at New Delhi.
Slowly rising above the rankings table along with her stature, she has taken the interest levels for badminton several notches higher. She also reached the numero uno position in the rankings and has bagged a total of 22 career titles.
In the Rio Olympics 2016, she is looking to go few notches above the Bronze medal that she bagged in the 2012 London Olympic Games.