In a classic case of trolling gone wrong, Saina Nehwal taught this ‘fan’ a bitter lesson, very sweetly. Indians across the world were overjoyed and in unison congratulated P V Sindhu for making India proud at the Rio Olympics. The 21-year-old made sure she gets atleast a silver by defeating Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the women’s singles draw semi-final and will now fight for gold against Carolina Marin of Spain in the finals. While ecstatic fans took to Twitter and Facebook to post congratulatory messages, some decided to give unwarranted advice to other female athletes. The athlete here being Saina Nehwal, who was carrying an injury in Rio and got eliminated in the opening round.
This person decided it was well within his right to ask Saina to pack up and leave and tweeted this to her — “@NSaina dear saina…pack ur bags..we hav found someone who knows how to beat the best ones.” Saina, a former world No 1, had been beaten by 61st ranked Maria Ulitina of Ukraine 21-18, 21-19 in her second match to exit the Rio Games. Fifty-six places separated Saina and Ulitina, and this was a result that few could have seen coming, despite the fitness concerns over India’s 2012 London Games bronze medalist.
Despite the setbacks, it appears she has managed to maintain her cool and dignity. As Saina, in all sophistication, replied back saying, “Sure thank u..Sindhu is doing really well ..India is doing really.” However, the guy who later claimed to be her “fan” was quick to realize his undignified behavior on social media was a big mistake and apologized soon after saying “sorry for hurting you..I really didn’t mean it..I still love you..Still a big fan.” Saina’s reply to which was a very calm, “No problem my friend..all the best to u”.
Twitter was however, quick to come in support of the Padmashri, who has maintained her rank in the top 10 and has been conferred the nation’s top two prestigious sporting honors — Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Arjuna Award. Not to forget, Saina was the first Indian woman to win an individual medal in the sports at the London games 2012. Although, she might not have won any medals this year in Olympics, but she definetly won our hearts by showing us how modest she can be. We still think she is a champ and will keep supporting her. Go Saina!! This is it for now, stay tuned for further updates.