New Delhi4 minutes agoWriter: Radha Tiwari
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Malvika Bansod created a big upset in the Indian Open badminton tournament on Thursday by defeating legendary player and London Olympics bronze medalist Saina Nehwal. In the women’s singles second round match, Malvika defeated Saina 21-17, 21-9 in successive games. This match lasted for 34 minutes. Saina is currently at number 25 in the world rankings. Whereas Malvika’s rank is 111th.
Malvika hails from Maharashtra. The 20-year-old player is currently a rising star of badminton. She has won state championships at under-13 and under-17 level. In 2018, Malavika was selected in the Indian team for the World Junior Badminton tournament. In 2018, she won the South Asian Badminton Championships in Kathmandu. In 2019 he won the All India Senior Ranking Tournament. In 2019 itself, Malavika won the title of Maldives International Future Series tournament.
Created history by defeating Saina
Malavika considers Saina Nehwal as her role model. She met Saina for the first time in this game. Malavika became the second Indian player to beat London Olympics bronze medalist Saina Nehwal on the court in domestic and international badminton circuits. After PV Sindhu in the year 2007, Malvika has been successful in defeating Saina Nehwal. After playing against Saina, Malavika said, ‘I have been watching her since childhood. She is my idol. Defeating them is like a dream come true for me.
Know who is Malvika Bansod?
Malvika Bansod was born on 15 September 2001 in Nagpur, Maharashtra. Malavika belongs to a highly educated family. His parents are dentists. Her mother earned a master’s degree in sports science to help her daughter pursue a badminton career. He started playing badminton at the age of eight. He has secured more than 90% marks in his 10th and 12th board exams.
Die-hard Lin Dan Fan
Malavika has won many gold medals at the national level. He has won several awards like Nag Bhushan Award, Khelo India Talent Development Athlete Award and Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) Athlete Award by a Maharashtra based non-profit organization. One interesting thing about Malavika is that she idolizes two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan, who is also a left-hander. She hopes to meet the Chinese shuttler someday in her life.