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London Olympics: Badminton - Player's profile

Last updated on: July 23, 2012 02:04 IST

BADMINTON

Women's singles

Saina Nehwal

Currently ranked world No. 5. Born in Hisar, Haryana, but grew up in Hyderabad. Playing badminton since she was eight.

Age: 22

Saina NehwalAchievements

The first Indian shuttler to enter the Olympics quarter-finals at the Beijing Games.

Won the Chinese Taipei GP gold 2008

Won her first Super Series title, the Indonesia Open, in 2009

Won the India Open GP, Indonesia Open Super Series and the Singapore Open Super Series in 2010

Won gold in the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in 2010

Won the Swiss Open in 2011

Won the Swiss Open, Thailand Open & Indonesia Open Super Series Premier in 2012

Conferred Arjuna Award in 2009

Conferred Padma Shree in 2009

Won the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2010

Men's singles

Parupalli Kashyap

The World No. 23 is India's leading men's player in the singles category.

Age: 25

Achievements

Gold:

Won gold at National Games in 2007

Silver:

Won silver at New Delhi Commonwealth Games (Mixed Team) in 2010

Runner-up at Thailand Open in 2009

Runner-up at Spanish Open in 2009

Runner-up at Toulouse Open in 2009

Bronze:

Won bronze at New Delhi Commonwealth Games (singles) in 2010

Mixed Doubles

Jwala Gutta, Valiyaveetil Diju

Women's doubles: Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Ponnappa

Jwala Gutta

Gutta became a household name in 2010 when with doubles partner Ashwini Poonapa she won the women's gold at the Commonwealth Games. She also created a name for herself in the mixed doubles category with V Diju.

This mixed doubles and doubles' specialist has won National badminton Championships 13 times repeatedly till 2010.

Age: 28

Achievements

Jwala GuttaWon Pakistan International Challenge (Women's Doubles) in 2007

Won Indian International Challenge (Women's Doubles) in 2007

Won Nepal International Series (Women's Doubles) in 2008

Won the Dutch Open Grand Prix (Women's Doubles) in 2008

Gold:

Won gold at New Delhi Commonwealth Games (Women's doubles) in 2010

Bronze:

Won bronze at World Championships (Women's doubles) in 2011

Ashwini Ponnappa

India's leading badminton player in the women's doubles category.

Age: 22

Achievements

Gold:

Won gold at New Delhi Commonwealth Games (Women's doubles) in 2010

Won gold at South Asian Games in 2006

Won gold at South Asian Games (Mixed doubles) in 2010

Silver:

Won silver at New Delhi Commonwealth Games (Mixed Team Event) in 2010

Bronze:

Won bronze in World Championships (Women's doubles) in 2011

V Diju

Current national mixed doubles champion along with Jwala Gutta. The Diju-Gutta partnership in mixed-doubles had won many accolades.

They placed at 14 in the world rankings.

Age: 31

Achievements

Won the National Championship (Doubles) in 2002

Won the Bitburger Open Championship in 2008

Was runner-up at the Indian Open in 2009

Won the Chinese Taipei Grand Prix in 2009

Silver:

Won silver at the World Super Series Masters in 2009



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