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10 Times Ace Shuttler Saina Nehwal Created History Like It Was No Big Deal

Aaanndd she's only 25 years old.

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1. Yesterday, Saina Nehwal beat Spain's Carolina Marin and Japan's Yui Hashimoto, becoming the first Indian woman to be ranked the no. 1 badminton player worldwide.

She literally shuttled past China's Li Xuerui on the top spot to make the title her own at at the India Open Super Series' semi-finals.
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She literally shuttled past China's Li Xuerui on the top spot to make the title her own at at the India Open Super Series' semi-finals.

Previously, Prakash Padukone was the only Indian to have become world number one badminton player.

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2. Additionally, she is the first Indian woman to make the finals of the All England Championships.

Held in Manchester earlier this month.
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Held in Manchester earlier this month.

3. And also the first Indian woman to win the China Open Super Series Premier last year.

Piece of cake.
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Piece of cake.

4. She was also the first Indian woman to win a Danish Open Super Series title in 2013.

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5. And, ahem, the first Indian to win an Olympic medal for badminton in 2012.

NBD.
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NBD.

6. Aaaaand the first Indian singles player to reach the BWF Super Series Masters finals in 2011.

Easy peasy.
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Easy peasy.

7. Oh, also the first Indian to win a BWF Super Series in the Indonesia Open in 2009.

*blows over nail paint*
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*blows over nail paint*

8. She became the first Indian to bag a Grand Prix Gold for winning the Chinese Taipei Grand Prix in 2008.

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9. Aaaannd also the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championships earlier in 2008.

SO CASUAL.
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SO CASUAL.

10. And did we mention she's the first player EVER to have won the Asian Satellite Badminton tournament twice, once in 2005 and the other in 2006?

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We're super duper proud of you, Saina!

World number 1 😊😊😊oh my god it's a great day and really happy to be playing finals tomorrow at india open in Delhi .

Keep doin' what you do.

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