How Saina fared under Gopichand and Vimal Kumar

Saina Nehwal, under P. Gopichand and Vimal Kumar, won important titles and was among the best in the world. We take a look at how she fared under both coaches.

After a three-year gap, Saina Nehwal is set to reunite with her former mentor Pullela Gopichand. In a series of tweets, the former world No. 1 confirmed that she's ending her association with Vimal Kumar.

Saina began training under Gopichand when she was 14-years-old and was his shining student, winning trophies and making history. The duo, together, revived Indian badminton and made the country a formidable force to handle.

Saina, under both coaches, won important titles and was among the best in the world. Here's how she fared under them...





  • 2004: Began training as a 14-year-old.
  • 2014: Began training in September.
  • Became the 1st Indian woman to win the China Open Super Series Premier by beating Japan's Akane Yamaguchi 21–12, 22–20 in the final.
  • 2006: Became the Under-19 national champion and created history by winning the prestigious Asian Satellite Badminton tournament (India Chapter) twice.
  • She became the youngest player from Asia to win a 4-star tournament – the Philippines Open.
  • 2015: Defended the India Open Grand Prix Gold by defeating Spain's Carolina Marin in the final.
  • Became the first Indian woman shuttler to reach the finals of All England Open Badminton Championships, but lost to Carolina in the final.
  • 2008: Became the first Indian woman to reach the quarterfinals at the Beijing Olympics.
  • Won the Chinese Taipei Open in September.
  • Won her maiden women's singles title at the India Open BWF Super Series beating Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand.
  • Became the first Indian women's player to be World No.1 in badminton.
  • 2009: Became the first Indian to win a BWF Super Series title, by clinching the Indonesia Open.
  • Went down fighting to Marin again, in the final of World Badminton Championships held in Jakarta.
  • 2010: Became the first Indian Woman to reach the semifinals of 2010 All-England Super Series.
  • Won the the India Open Grand Prix Gold, beating Wong Mew Choo of Malaysia.
  • Clinched her second Super Series title — Singapore Open — by beating qualifier Tai Tzu-Ying of Chinese Taipei in the final.
  • Defended her Indonesia Open super series title and reached a career high world ranking of No. 2
  • As top seed, she won the gold medal in the women's singles event at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.
  • Won the Hong Kong Super Series — her fourth Super Series title — defeating Wang Shixian in three games.
  • 2016: Couldn't defend the Indian Open as she lost to Li Xuerei in a hard-fought semifinal.
  • Won her first title of the year at the Australian Super Series after defeating China's Sun Yu in the final by 11–21, 21–14, 21–19.
  • 2011: Won the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold after defeating Ji Hyun Sung.
  • Became the first Indian singles player to reach the final of BWF Super Series Masters Finals but lost in the final.
  • Made a shock exit in her second match at the Rio Olympics, losing to World No. 61 Marija Ulitina by 18–21, 19–21.
  • 2012: Defended her Swiss Open title, beating world No. 2 Wang Shixian in straight games.
  • Won the Indonesia Open Super Series by defeating World No. 3 Li Xuerui.
  • On August 4, she won the bronze medal at the London Olympics when China's Wang Xin retired from the match.
  • Won Denmark Open.
  • 2017: Won her maiden Malaysia open Grand Prix Gold title.
  • 2014: Defeated P.V. Sindhu in their first international meeting to win the India Open Grand Prix Gold.
  • Won the Australian Super Series, defeating Carolina Marin.
  • Bagged the bronze medal at the World Badminton Championship.


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