India's iconic badminton player Saina Nehwal has been in the news lately, for her alleged December 2018 wedding to fellow shuttler Parupalli Kashyap
In pic: Saina Nehwal with Parupalli Kashyap
A former world no. 1, Saina Nehwal has won over 23 international titles, which include ten Superseries titles. Although she reached the world's 2nd rank in 2009, it was only in 2015 that she was able to attain the world no. 1 ranking, thereby becoming the only female player from India and overall the second Indian player – after Prakash Padukone – to achieve this feat. She has represented India three times in the Olympics, winning a bronze medal in her second appearance
In pic: Saina Nehwal with Parupalli Kashyap
Saina Nehwal, the second daughter of Dr. Harvir Singh Nehwal and Usha Rani Nehwal, was born in Hisar. She has only one sibling, an elder sister named Chandranshu Nehwal. Her father, who has a PhD in agricultural science, worked at Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University. She completed her first few years of schooling at Campus School CCS HAU, Hisar. She did her Xll from St. Ann's College for Women at Mehdipatnam in Hyderabad.
In pic: Saina Nehwal performing Yoga with Parupalli Kashyap on International Yoga Day
When Saina Nehwal's father was promoted and transferred from Haryana to Hyderabad, she took up badminton at the age of eight, to express herself as she did not know the local language to socialise with other kids. Saina Nehwal's parents played badminton for a number of years. Her mother, Usha Rani, was a state level badminton player in Haryana. Nehwal took up badminton to fulfill her mother's dream of becoming a national level badminton player, while her sister played volleyball. Her father, who was among the top players in the university circuit, used his provident fund to invest in good badminton training for her. Saina Nehwal Nehwal also has a brown belt in karate
Parupalli Kashyap is a badminton player from India. He trains at Gopichand Badminton Academy and is supported by Olympic Gold Quest, a not-for-profit foundation supporting Indian athletes. He was awarded the Arjuna Award by Government of India in 2012.
Parupalli Kashyap created history by reaching the Quarterfinals of men's singles at 2012 London Olympics, being the only male player from India to do so, at that time. At the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, he won the gold medal in men's singles. Kashyap was the Icon Player for the Indian Badminton League team, Banga Beats in 2013 edition.
Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap are likely to get married in a private ceremony on December 16, 2018.
Shuttle up: Saina Nehwal and her badminton with Parupalli Kashyap and Gurusai Dutt
Dad's the best!: Saina Nehwal poses along with her father Harvir Singh
Mommy dearest: Saina Nehwal and her mother Usha Rani make a superb mother-daughter duo
'Ek Haseena, Ek Khiladi': Saina Nehwal clicks a selfie with Bollywood star Akshay Kumar
The Big Pic: Saina Nehwal poses with Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan during a television show
In pic: Saina Nehwal looks gorgeous in traditional wear
In pic: Saina Nehwal at a photoshoot for a magazine
In pic: Saina Nehwal shares a sweet smile for her fans
Besides badminton, Saina Nehwal has also well known for upping her game in the world of fashion
In pic: Saina Nehwal strikes a pose in a gown
Don't those earrings suit her just perfectly?
In pic: Saina Nehwal seen sporting a different hairdo in this one and boy does she look good!
In pic: Saina Nehwal makes her desi avatar look hip
In pic: Saina Nehwal and her many moods
In pic: Saina Nehwal with Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan
In pic: Awesome trio! Saina Nehwal with Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh
In pic: Saina Nehwal with her pet dog 'Chopsy'
In pic: Saina Nehwal with fellow Indian shuttler Sai Praneeth
Saina Nehwal seems to be getting her adrenaline rush on here. Badminton may just not be her only favoured sport
Awards galore! Saina Nehwal is a winner of the Arjuna Award, Padma Shri, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and the Padma Bhushan.
As India's star badminton player Saina Nehwal is all set to get married to fellow badminton player and long-time boyfriend Parupalli Kashyap, in a private ceremony on December 16, 2018, we take a look at some of the cosy moments the couple has shared away from the badminton court. Take a look (All pictures courtesy/ Saina Nehwal Instagram)
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