Saina Nehwal peaking right in time

HYDERABAD: That Saina Nehwal had traits of a champion was discovered when she was just four. She one day greeted her parents, both state-level badminton players, with a severely cut finger. Father Harvir Singh was petrified to see Saina bleeding profusely but mother Usha Rani noticed she was bearing the pain without shedding a tear.

Usha, who had failed to make it big in badminton, realized her daughter had qualities of a fighter and could bear hardships - traits required to become a champion. At that moment though, Usha just thanked God for giving her a child who could bear pain.

Six years after that incident, the family moved to Hyderabad from Hisar (Haryana). The city was bustling with badminton activity. And once Pullela Gopichand became the second All England champion from India in 2001, the shuttle sport became a rage with kids.