Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 2009
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : Hisar, Haryana, India
Saina Nehwal is an Indian badminton player who has won Khel Ratna Award. She was born on 17th March, 1990. She is ranking 6th in the Badminton World Federation. She also won the World Junior Badminton Championships. Her coach is S. M. Arif, Dronacharya Award winner. Saina Nehwal was born in Hisar, Haryana and was brought up in Hyderabad. Her father is Dr. Harvir Singh, scientist and her mother is Usha Nehwal. Both of them were former badminton champions in Haryana. She has got brown belt in Karate. 1998, Saina received summer coaching at Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium at Hydrabad under the coach Nani Prasad. She was able to win National Junior Championship in the year 2004 and 2005. In the National Senior Championship 2005, she was a runner up and could win the title in 2006 and 2007. She also won the All India Senior Ranking Tournament 2005 and was the winner at the National Games conducted at Guwahati.
Saina was initially coached by S. M. Arif a Dronacharya Award winner, and then by Pullela Gopichand till 2014 September. Saina is the reigning Indian national champion and is currently coached by the former Indian badminton champion and national coach Vimal Kumar. Saina Nehwal played for Hyderabad Hotshots in the Indian Badminton League in 2013. She won silver at 2015 BWF World Championship becoming the first Indian to do so. In 2009, She was awarded the Arjuna award by the Indian Government, India's second highest sporting honour for her achievements as a badminton player.