Saina Nehwal: Shining Light,Shining Bright

May 12, 2010 - Kuala Lumpur, China - (100512) -- KUALA LUMPUR, May 12, 2010 (Xinhua) -- India's Saina Nehwal returns a shot to China's Wang Yihan during the women's singles match at the quarterfinals of Uber Cup badminton championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on May 12, 2010. Saina Nehwal lost 1-2. (Xinhua/Zhang Chen.

After  a famous victory over Pakistan in the Asia Cup, Indian sport has another reason to celebrate with Saina Nehwal crowning herself with back-to-back victories at the Grand Prix India Open and the Super-Series  Singapore Open. The Singapore Open is her second Super Series win following her victory at the Indonesian Open last year.

This is just the latest in a string of achievements by this young shuttler in a sport in which India is not renowned to be a powerhouse. Nonetheless, Indian badminton can boast of some noteworthy successes namely Prakash Padukone, the tragic Syed Modi and more recently Pulella Gopichand ,who also happens to be Nehwal’s coach.

This young 20 year old is the latest star in the firmament of Indian badminton and more importantly Indian sport. And that is something to celebrate because for a nation of over a billion people, we have far too few sport stars our youngsters can model themselves on.

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