Saina Nehwal's phenomenal success as an international badminton player is one of the most inspiring stories of Indian sports.
Saina comes from a middle-class family and has been groomed into a world-class player in the face of awesome odds.
Author TS Sudhir's book, 'Saina Nehwal: An Inspirational Biography', is an account of her rise as a champion with the selfless support of her parents Dr Harvir Singh, an agricultural scientist, and Usha Rani and the dedication of her coaches.
Saina ranks among the top few players in the world and is an icon for the young. But success hasn't changed her. Strong family values make her the girl next door. She is known for her integrity, courage and persistence. The story also unfolds against the backdrop of Indian badminton fighting to earn its place in the sun in a country which worships only cricket.
Here's an extract from the book:
Champions define themselves in their dreams and then work incredibly hard every single day to be successful. It has been no different for Saina Nehwal.
From the age of 12, Saina's truly big ambition was to win a medal at the Olympics. It was what the posters held up by her early fans goaded her on to achieve. It was what she believed she could do.
A decade is about how long it takes to mature and become world class, especially if you happen to be the girl next door coming up from nothing.
Along the way there have been many successes, making Saina one of the top players in the world. There was also the Beijing Olympics in 2008 where she came within kissing distance of a medal.
But in all those long hours of training and conditioning, the big matches won and lost, the stage was really being set for the 2012 Olympics in London.
This is the first complete story of that epic struggle. It is an exciting record of how a young girl supported by her middle-class parents decided to take on the world. With title wins at the Thailand Open and Indonesia Open, five weeks before the Olympics, Saina is one of India's strongest medal prospects.
Book: Saina Nehwal: An Inspirational Biography; Author: TS Sudhir; Binding: Paperback; Publisher: Nimby / Westland; Number of Pages: 236; Language: English
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