Sania Mirza: She is the number one female Indian tennis player and has won the doubles Grand Slams three times - (twice in 2015 and once in 2016) and the mixed doubles Grand Slams thrice (2009, 2012 and 2014). She became the first Indian female to win a Grand Slam and also the first female Indian player to earn more than USD 1million. (Pic/ AFP)
Saina Nehwal: This princess of badminton hails from Hyderabad. After creating a record as first Indian to win an Olympic medal in badminton during the 2012 Summer Olympics, she reached her peak in 2015 after moving into the number one spot in the world rankings. She is a three-time gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games and a bronze medallist at the Olympics. She is currently placed at rank 10
Dipika Pallikal Karthik: This Indian squash player became the first woman in the country to break into the top ten WSA rankings. She also came close to success when she reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open in 2012. She went on to win a gold medal in doubles at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, 2 silver medals at the 2018 CWG and a bronze medal in singles at the 2014 Asian Games. (Pic/ Atul Kamble)
Mithali Raj: An Indian female cricketer and the captain of the Indian women's team, Mithali is undoubtedly one of the best players. She scored an unbeaten century on her ODI debut against Ireland. At age 19, she broke the record for highest Individual score in a Test match by scoring 214. She lead team India into the finals of the 2017 and 2005 World Cup but lost to England and Australia respectively. She received the Arjuna Award in 2003. She has played 10 Tests and 194 ODIs with an average of 50.18 and 38.01 respectively. (Pic/ Atul Kamble)
Mary Kom: This five-time world boxing champion is a sheer lion at heart. Mary is the only female boxer to bag a medal in all six championships. In 2012, she also became the only female boxer to participate and then win a bronze medal in the London Olympics. Mary Kom won a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. She also has a gold and bronze medal to her name at the 2014 and 2010 Asian Games respectively
Jwala Gutta: This thirteen-time Badminton National champion keeps moving up despite the issues that may crop up in her life. She has also bagged 2 silver medals and a gold and bronze medal in the Commonwealth games for mixed doubles and women's doubles and mixed doubles categories
Ashwini Ponnappa: Another badminton player who is often seen partnering Jwala Gutta in recent times. Following Jwala's footsteps, she too has won 2 gold and 2 silver medals at the Commonwealth Games. She also won a bronze medal at the Asian Games 2014. Pic/ Sayed Sameer Abedi
Sharmila Nicollet: Originally from Bangalore this Indo-French golfer is the youngest to ever qualify for a European Tour. During the Asian Games held in Doha, she represented India. She has won the Player of the Year award in 2010.
Tania Sachdev: The Indian chess player got all to pay their attention when she won her first ever International chess title at the age of eight. She is also an International Grandmaster and a Woman Grandmaster. Pic/ Subhash Barolia
Shikha Tandon: Hailing from Bangalore, this swimmer was the only one from India at the 2004 Olympics at Athens. She also qualified for two separate events in Olympics being the first Indian swimmer to do so. She is also the proud recipient of the Arjuna Award in 2005.
Shikha Uberoi: This Indo-American tennis player was the second ever Indian female to win a Grand Slam tournament round during the US Open 2004. She also represented India during the Asian Games in 2006. (Pic/ Suresh K.K.)
Deepika Kumari: She is an Indian archer who participated in the 2012 London Olympics. Deepika has also bagged two Gold medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and one bronze medal at the 2010 Asian Games. She was given the Arjuna Award in 2012. (Pic/ Rajeev Tyagi)
As Indian athlete and professional archer Deepika Kumari turns a year older today, we pay a tribute to all the women sports achievers throughout the country