Both these are one of the few Indian Women who have got huge fame as sports personalities around the World. Mirza plays tennis while Saina plays Badminton, let’s see who is doing better in professional field today.
Saina Nehwal: Saina Nehwal (born March 17, 1990) is an Indian badminton player. Currently ranked number 3 in the world by Badminton World Federation, Saina is the first Indian woman to reach the singles quarterfinals at the Olympics and the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championships. She has also won two Gold Medals.
Saina’s rise follows back-to-back title triumphs at the India Open Grand Prix and the Singapore Open Super Series respectively. She is first Indian woman to win a super series tournament (equivalent to Grand slam in tennis) when she annexed the 2009 Indonesia Super Series. Recently, she has made us feel proud again by winning Gold in CWG 2010.
Previously coached by S. M. Arif, a Dronacharya Award winner, Saina is the reigning Indian national junior champion and is currently coached by Indonesian badminton legend Atik Jauhari since August 2008, with the former All England champion and national coach Pullela Gopichand being her mentor.
Sania Mirza: Sania’s current ranking is 91 in tennis, which is considered very low. Though she made great records in the past. She is the first Indian woman to be seeded in a Grand Slam tennis tournament. She was the first Indian woman to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament at the 2005 U.S. Open, defeating Mashona Washington, Maria Elena Camerin and Marion Bartoli. In winning, with Mahesh Bhupathi, the mixed doubles event at the 2009 Australian Open, she became the first Indian woman to win a Grand Slam title.
In 2005, Mirza reached the third round of the Australian Open, losing to eventual champion Serena Williams. On February 12, 2005, she became the first Indian woman to win a WTA singles title, defeating Alyona Bondarenko of Ukraine in the Hyderabad Open Finals. As of September 2006, Mirza has notched up three top 10 wins; against Svetlana Kuznetsova, Nadia Petrova and Martina Hingis. At the 2006 Doha Asian Games, Mirza won the silver in the women’s singles category and the gold in the mixed doubles partnering Leander Paes. She was also part of the Indian women’s team that won the silver in the team event.
In 2006, Mirza was awarded a Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest honor for her achievements as a tennis player.
But, she hasn’t been doing well for few years. Perhaps she has taken Shoaib Malik too seriously and considering him more than her professional career. If she continuous doing like this than soon Sania Mirza would become history.
Conclusion: Saina Nehwal emerges to be clear winner with a Gold medal in her bag moreover Sania Mirza hasn’t done anything special for some years and it doesn’t seem that she is going to do anything special in upcoming time. We should hope that Saina doesn’t Sania and keep rising in her professional career.