Photos from Saina Nehwal's life. Photos © BadmintonBladet with permission from Saina Nehwal

Get close to Saina Nehwal – we interviewed the Indian world no. 1

At BadmintonBladet.dk, a Danish website dedicated 100% to badminton, we are always curious to get to know the biggest players of our sport. That made us contact India’s biggest badminton player, Saina Nehwal, for a talk about life on and off court. That resulted in this very interesting interview.

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When and why did you start playing badminton?
– I was admitted as a summer trainee in badminton in 1999 and after the period of training I was asked to join as a regular trainee with Nani Parsad sir in SAAP Hyderabad. Here my results started to come and I became a regular player with Arif sir in SAI in 2000.

Syed Mohammed Arif is one of India’s most respected badminton coaches. He is former head coach of the Indian national team and has trained Pulella Gopichand too, Saina’s former coach. Arif received several rewards from the Indian government for his work in badminton.

How does a normal week look like for you with practice and other badminton related things?
– It’s just like in studies. Monday to Saturday I’m busy on court and off court with trainings related to badminton. Sunday is treated as a Holy day.

Is there any specific episode from your badminton life, which make you laugh joyfully when you think of them?
– Actually not. I was so much involved in badminton that I do not remember any episode like this. In fact, if I look back it seems that once a session is over, the entire period has gone by so quickly that every memory is left behind in the past with no attention to them.

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