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Saina Nehwal along with other members of the Indian team during the prize distribution ceremony after winning the bronze medal at the Uber Cup 2014 in New Delhi.

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Saina Nehwal reacts after beating Japan's Minatsu Mitani in the Uber Cup semifinals in New Delhi. Saina won by 21-12, 21-13.

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Saina Nehwal celebrates after beating Lindaweni Fanetri of Indonesia during the Uber Cup badminton tournament at Siri Fort stadium in New Delhi.

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Saina Nehwal competing in the Uber Cup, in New Delhi.

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Badminton player Saina Nehwal and other players during a press conference for Thomas Cup and Uber Cup in New Delhi.

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Saina Nehwal plays a shot during a singles match against Natcha Saengchote of Thailand at the Yonex Sunrise India open 2014 Badminton tournament in New Delhi.

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Badminton player Saina Nehwal with the Gold Medal which she won at Syed Modi International India Grand Prix 2014 in Hyderabad.

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Saina Nehwal holds the trophy along with PV Sindhu after winning the Women title match of Syed Modi International India Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championship at BBD Badminton Academy in Lucknow.

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Badminton player Saina Nehwal visits the Taj Mahal in Agra.

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Saina Nehwal, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh After her bronze at the 2012 London Olympics, it was to Balaji that she went. Shilpa Shetty was here too, in 2010, performing a yagna for her family’s well-being.

Badminton player Saina Nehwal at the prize distribution ceremony of 'All India Ladies Open Amateur Golf Championship' in Mumbai.

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Hyderabad Hotshots players celebrate after winning trophy of the first Indian Badminton League in Mumbai

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Combo image, from left, Hyderabad Hotoshots’ Saina Nehwal plays a shot against Awadhe Warriors’ P V Sindhu during the IBL finals in Mumbai. Nehwal brought Hyderabad Hotshots on level terms by trouncing her young challenger P V Sindhu in the much-anticipated contest after K Srikanth gave Awadh Warriors an unexpected 1-0 lead in the Indian Badminton League final.

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Hyderabad Smashers' Saina Nehwal plays a shot against Mumbai Masters' P C Thulasi during the Indian Badminton League in Pune.

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Hyderabad Hotshots' Saina Nehwal plays a shot against Pune Pistons' Schenk Juliane during the Indian Badminton League in Mumbai.

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Saina on her way to Olympic glory

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Ace badminton players Saina Nehwal, Ashwini Ponappa, PV Sindhu and Jwala Gutta at the unveiling of the Indian Badminton League trophy in New Delhi.

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Saina Nehwal plays against Spain's Carolina Marin during their women's singles quarterfinal at Indonesia Open badminton championship at Istora stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia. Saina won 21-16, 21-19.

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Saina Nehwal lost to Yui Hashimoto of Japan under controversial circumstances to crash out of the Yonex Sunrise India Open Super Series in New Delhi.

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Saina Nehwal returns a shuttlecock to Indonesia's Belaetrix Manuputi during their match at Yonex Sunrise India Open 2013, in New Delhi.

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All Out For No Loss Three famous maidens bunched together for the media's benefit at a IPL game in Hyderabad, but one real achiever amongst them. Sania Mirza and Diana Hayden dabble in tennis and movies. The admirable Saina Nehwal needs a break—her smile's the brightest.

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Tennis player Sania Mirza (L), actress Diana Hayden (C) and badminton player Saina Nehwal during the IPL 6 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad's and Pune Warriors in Hyderabad (Deccan) on Friday.

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Saina Nehwal of India plays a return to Intanon Ratchanok of Thailand during their women's semi final match at the English Badminton Open Championships in Birmingham, England.

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy presents a cheque of rupees fifty lakhs to Saina Nehwal for winning Thailand Open and Indonesian Open Badminton Championships at his residence in Hyderabad.

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Badminton player and Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal with Cricketer Yuvraj Singh to launch her Autobiography 'Playing to Win -- My life on and off court' in New Delhi .

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Saina Nehwal, plays a shot to Minatsu Mitani of Japan during the Women's singles final of the French Open Badminton tournament in Paris. Minatsu Mitani defeated Saina Nehwal, 21-19, 21-11.

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Saina Nehwal plays a shot to Minatsu Mitani of Japan during the Women's singles final of the French Open Badminton tournament in Paris. Minatsu Mitani defeated Saina Nehwal, 21-19, 21-11.

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Saina Nehwal holds the trophy after winning the Denmark Open woman's single final badminton match against Juliane Schenk of Germany in Odense, Denmark.

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Saina Nehwal competes during the Denmark Open woman's single final badminton match against Juliane Schenk of Germany in Odense, Denmark. Saina defeated Germany and clinched the Denmark Open title.

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Saina Nehwal waves as she alights after flying in a Kiran Mk-1 aircraft of the Indian air force (IAF) at Dundigal, on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

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Saina Nehwal displays a victory sign after flying in a Kiran Mk-1 aircraft of the Indian air force (IAF) at Dundigal, on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

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Olympic bronze medalist badminton player Saina Nehwal prays at Lord Venkateswara Temple at Tirumala in Tirupati.

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London Olympic bronze medal winner in badminton Saina Nehwal gestures at an event celebrating their victory, in Bangalore.

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Indian badminton star and Olympics Bronze Medallist Saina Nehwal being gifted a BMW car by cricketer Sachin Tendulkar at a felicitation event, in Hyderabad.

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Olympics medal winners Saina Nehwal and MC Mary Kom share a laugh during a felicitation function at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

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President Pranab Mukherjee felicitates Olympics bronze medallist shuttler Saina Nehwal during a function at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

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Olympics medal winners from right, MC Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal, Gagan Narang, Vijay Kumar and Sushil Kumar during a felicitation function at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

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London Olympic medal winners, Gagan Narang takes a picture of MC Mary Kom as shooter Vijay Kumar and Saina Nehwal smile after a ceremony by Sports authority of India at the India Gate in New Delhi.

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London Olympic medal winners, from left, bronze medal in shooting Gagan Narang, bronze medal in boxing MC Mary Kom, silver medalist in wrestling Sushil Kumar, silver medal in shooting Vijay Kumar, bronze medal in badminton Saina Nehwal and bronze medal in wrestling Yogeshwar Dutt pose for the media at a ceremony by Sports authority of India in New Delhi.

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Olympics Bronze medalist in Badminton Saina Nehwal gives a victory sign to her fans as she is taken in a procession to India Gate after she was felicitated by the Sports authority of India in New Delhi.

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Olympic bronze medalist shuttler Saina Nehwal at an aerobics class in Hyderabad.

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Saina Nehwal displays her bronze medal at a press conference in Hyderabad. Nehwal became the first Indian badminton player to win any medal in the Olympics when she won the bronze in the women’s singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Saina Nehwal poses with her bronze medal as she arrives in Hyderabad. Nehwal won the medal in the women’s singles (badminton) at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Bronze medal winner India's Saina Nehwal with team coach P Gopichand and player Kashyap (L) after medal ceremony at Wembley Arena, at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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India's Saina Nehwal celebrates with bronze medal during the medal ceremony at Wembley Arena, at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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India's Saina Nehwal celebrates with bronze medal during the medal ceremony at Wembley Arena, at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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India's Saina Nehwal celebrates with bronze medal during the medal ceremony at Wembley Arena, at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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India's Saina Nehwal celebrates with national flag after wining the match against Chinese Xin Wang during the Women's Singles Bronze Medal match at Wembley Arena, at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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India's Saina Nehwal celebrates after wining the match against Chinese Xin Wang during the Women,s Singles Bronze Medal match at Wembley Arena, at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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India's Saina Nehwal celebrates with national flag after wining the match against Chinese Xin Wang during the Women's Singles Bronze Medal match at Wembley Arena, at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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India's Saina Nehwal waves to the crowd at the end of the women's singles bronze medal badminton match against China's Wang Xin at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Wang conceded the bronze to Nehwal retiring hurt after she won the first game 21-18 and up in the second 1-0. Saina's coach P. Gopichand later revealed that the strategy to tire the opponent out worked out for Saina, giving India its fist ever Bronze medal in badminton in Olympics

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India's Saina Nehwal leaves the court after China's Wang Xin, unseen, retired hurt at the women's singles badminton bronze medal match of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Xin won the first game 21-18 and was up 1-0 in the second when she could not continue any further. As Saina's coach P. Gopichand revealed, the strategy to tire the opponent out worked as she ended up forfeiting the match, giving India its fist ever Bronze medal in badminton in Olympics

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Saina Nehwal plays against China's Wang Yihan, right, in a women's singles badminton semifinal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London. Nehwal tamely lost to the top-seeded Yihan Wang of China in the women's singles semi-final of the Olympic Games, acknowledging later that the Chinese was "too fast" for her.

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Flight path Saina Nehwal, still a hope

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Saina Nehwal celebrates after winning against Denmark's Tine Baun at a women's singles badminton quarterfinal match of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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Saina Nehwal celebrates after winning against Denmark's Tine Baun at a women's singles badminton quarterfinal match of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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Saina Nehwal plays against Denmark's Tine Baun in a women's singles badminton quarterfinal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She won the match and qualified for the semi-finals.

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Saina Nehwal plays against Belgium's Lianne Tan, at a woman's singles badminton match of the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London.

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Saina Nehwal leaves after she won her match against Swizerland's Sabrina Jaquet during Women's Singles badminton match of the 2012 Olympics, in London.

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Saina Nehwal plays against Switzerland's Sabrina Jaquet, unseen, at a women's singles badminton match of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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Badminton player Saina Nehwal being felicitated on Sunday before her departure for London Olympics, in Hyderabad.

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Badminton player Saina Nehwal displays her medals she won at the Indonesia Open, left, and the Thail Open during a press conference in Hyderabad. Nehwal won the Indonesia Open on June 17 a week after her win at the Thai Open.

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Saina Nehwal, right, poses for photographers with China's Li Xuerui during a medal ceremony after their women's singles final match at Djarum Indonesia Open badminton tournament at Istora stadium. Nehwal won the match.

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The Indonesia Open, by SAINA NEHWAL, who beat World No. 3 Li Xuerue. India’s Olympic hopes burn brighter as Saina banishes the Chinese bogey by smashing two titles.

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Saina Nehwal reacts after defeating China's Li Xuerui during their women's singles final match at Djarum Indonesia Open badminton tournament at Istora stadium in Indonesia.

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Saina Nehwal reacts after scoring a point against China's Li Xuerui during their women's singles final match at Djarum Indonesia Open badminton tournament at Istora stadium in Indonesia.

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Saina Nehwal bites her medal after defeating China's Li Xuerui during their women's singles final match at Djarum Indonesia Open badminton tournament at Istora stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Saina Nehwal celebrates upon defeating China's Li Xuerui during their women's singles final match at Djarum Indonesia Open badminton tournament at Istora stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Saina Nehwal reacts after defeating South Korea's Sung Ji-hyun during their women's singles semi final match at Djarum Indonesia Open badminton tournament at Istora stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Saina Nehwal reacts after defeating China's Wang Shixian during their women's singles quarter final match at Djarum Indonesia Open badminton tournament at Istora stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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SAINA NEHWAL wins the Thailand Open Grand Prix gold, rallying to beat local favourite Patchanok Inthanon, 19-21, 21-15, 21-10. It’s her 2nd title before 2012 London.

Saina Nehwal return a shot against Aprilla Yuswandari of Indonesia during their women singles Djarum Indonesia Open badminton championship at Istora Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia. Nehwal won the match 21-17, 14-21, 21-13.

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File Photo - Saina Nehwal of India plays a shot. Nehwal got a shot in the arm ahead of next month's Olympics as she lifted the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold title after rallying to beat Thailand's Ratchanok Inthanon in the final of the event in Bangkok. The 22-year-old world number five Indian beat Inthanon.

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SAINA NEHWAL retains Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold Open, ending a year-long title drought. Beats ex-world No. 1 Shixian Wang of China 21-19, 21-16, in the final.

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Saina Nehwal returns a shot against Denmark's Tine Baun during their women's singles quarterfinals match of the Malaysia Open Badminton Superseries in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Saina Nehwal returns a shot against Singapore's Juan Gu during their women's singles first round match of the Malaysia Open Badminton Superseries in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Watch The Birdie! For a year rocked by rackets, there were precious few silver linings to be seen. And fewer still that could claim to be more precious than the linings that string together Saina Nehwal’s magic wand of a racquet.

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Saina Nehwal celebrates after defeating Tine Baun of Denmark during their women's singles quarter final match at Djarum Indonesia Open badminton championship at Istora stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Saina Nehwal returns a shot to Cheng Shao Chieh of Taiwan during the Li-Ning Singapore Open Badminton tournament in Singapore. Saina lost the match.

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Saina Nehwal is surrounded by reporters during a press conference for the Li-Ning Singapore Open badminton tournament in Singapore. The Singapore Open takes place from June 14 to 19.

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Saina Nehwal returns the shuttle cock during the women's singles semi-final match against South Korea's Sung Ji Hyun at Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold 2011 in Kedah, Malaysia. Saina Nehwal won 2-0 and qualified to the final.

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Saina Nehwal plays a shot against Japan's Ai Goto in the women's singles round badminton match of India Open Super Series 2011 in New Delhi. Sania lost the game 17-21,19-21.

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Saina Nehwal during the launch a product in New Delhi.

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Saina Nehwal returns a shuttlecock to Korea's Youn Joo Bae during their women's singles semifinal match at the Badminton Swiss Open tournament in the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland.

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SAINA NEHWAL caps a brilliant year with a Hong Kong Open win, her fourth Super Series title; cracks Asian Games bugbear Shixian Wang in three sets.

Badminton player Saina Nehwal displays her medal and trophy won at the Yonex Sunrise Hong Kong Open during a press conference in Hyderabad.

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy (R) felicitates ace shuttler Sania Nehwal during inauguration of the India Open Grand Prix International Badminton Tournament 2010 at Kotla Vijay Bhaskar Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad. Saina won the women's singles of Hong Kong Open Badminton Super Series 2010.

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In this photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, Saina Nehwal reacts after beating China's Wang Shixian to win the women's singles final at the Hong Kong Open Badminton Super Series in Hong Kong.

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In this photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, Saina Nehwal celebrates after winning the women's singles final at the Hong Kong Open Badminton Super Series in Hong Kong.

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In this photo released by China's Xinhua news agency,Saina Nehwal celebrates with her country flag during an award ceremony after winning the women's singles final at the Hong Kong Open Badminton Super Series in Hong Kong.

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In this photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, Saina Nehwal shows the gold medal she won in the women's singles final at the Hong Kong Open Badminton Super Series in Hong Kong.

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Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal with discus thrower player Krishna Poonia (L) during a felicitation function 'Women of Gold' organised by FICCI-FLO and YFLO to honour women sports persons in New Delhi.

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Saina Nehwal poses for a photograph during the launch of a Siemens green sustainability programme, in New Delhi.

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Shuttler Saina Nehwal in action against Hong Kong's Yip Py during the quarterfinal match of the women's singles badminton event of 16th Asian Games at Tianhe Gymnasium in Guangzhou, China.

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Saina Nehwal plays against Malaysia's Wong Mew Choo in their women's badminton singles final at Siri Fort Sports Complex in New Delhi.

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Saina Nehwal reacts after winning a point against Malaysia's Wong Mew Choo in their women's badminton singles final at Siri Fort Sports Complex in New Delhi. Nehwal won the gold.

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Dec 22: Saina Nehwal also was at the top of her game in 2010. The 20-year-old won three titles in a row in June; she then won the crucial gold medal that put India above England in the medals tally at the Commonwealth Games. She failed to win a medal at the Asian Games, beaten in the quarterfinals. That spurred her on to greater determination, and her year ended on a winning note when she took the Hong Kong Super Series. She now No. 2 in the world and faces the challenge of ending the stranglehold of players from China on No. 1. It’s a challenge she can win. *** Saina Nehwal kisses the gold medal she won in the women's badminton singles final at Siri Fort Sports Complex in New Delhi. Women shuttlers led by singles title-favourite Saina Nehwal provided India with a golden double to pilot the country to a historic second-place finish in the Commonwealth Games that ended today.

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