30 QUESTIONS FOR… Saina Nehwal


On the eve of the Commonwealth Games, Saina Nehwal is expected to give India its second gold medal in the badminton women’s singles event after Aparna Popat. The 20-year-old is now at the peak of her career, well into the world’s top three. She is the Ambassador for the Commonwealth Games but also for Solibad – Badminton Without Borders. She answered our new featured “” with wit and honesty.

Your favourite word: win

The sound you like the most: India new movie songs

The sound you like the least: any fearful voice

Your favourite curse word: nothing

Your dream: win the Olympic gold medal

A principle in life you will never forget: work hard

What does religion mean to you: I like to be an Hindu

What are your origins:

Your wildest dream: Only those which are realizable

If you were to take only one thing onto a desert island, what would it be?
one partner to play my favourite sport – badminton

Your favourite food: Indian food comprising bread , season vegetables ,curd and small amount of chicken.

What emotions do you feel when your name is called for you to come onto the court? I feel proud and I go to win

What is your deepest regret? To have missed a medal in the Olympics in 2008

Describe badminton in three words: One hard sport

You play with an attractive mixed doubles partner. What do you look at first? I only play singles…

What  would you like to be reincarnated as? A good badminton player

What does a man crying make you think of? That God is not kind to him

Your greatest travelling memories? Singapore – a beautiful city

What does a shuttlecock represent for you? My target

A man or woman who has counted the most in your life? My parents who brought me in this world

The moment in your life where your heart beat the most? Once I am on podium

What do you feel when your opponent has cheated? I think that it is good luck for my opponent

What can make you lose focus on a badminton court?
When I make a silly mistake

Do you believe in living together before marriage? No

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? One woman of India to be remembered in badminton in the world.

If heaven exists what would you like to hear God say when you reach heaven? I want to do better work while I am alive


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