However, the glamorous mixed doubles pair of Leander Paes and Sania Mirza went down 5-7, 6-7 (7-5) in the quarter finals against the top seeded Belarusian pair of Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi to bring to an end India's fruitless tennis campaign.
Luck smiled on Saina who had lost the first game 18-21 and was trailing 0-1 in the second when the Chinese was forced to pull out with a right knee injury securing the third medal for India from the 2012 Games.
Marksman Gagan Narang had put India on the medals tally by claiming the bronze in men's 10m air rifle Monday before fellow shooter Vijay Kumar bolstered the nation's position garnering a silver in 25m rapid fire pistol Friday.
India had collected three medals (1 gold and two bronze) in the Beijing Games also four years back.
In Image: India's Saina Nehwal, right, fights back tears as she stands at the medal podium for winning bronze in women's singles badminton