London: Saina Nehwal has been the face of Indian badminton for some time. That she has assumed a global reputation of being a formidable opponent to have on the opposite end of the court is also a recognition of her meteoric rise in the sport. Despite being in with a chance to earn India's first Olympic medal in the sport, ever, the 22-year-old has hardly shown any signs of nerves.
Nehwal was expected to do well in the London Games. When, on Thursday, she beat fifth seed Tine Baun to become the first Indian woman to make it to the semi-final of the Olympics, it was not her achievement that was the first to shine through. It was the manner in which she dis-mantled her Danish opponent (21-15 22-20) that had fans and critics alike, raving about her. She celebrated her win. It, however was a celebration which hinted that all has not been achieved yet and that the medal matches are still to come.