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Saina Nehwal

You’ve only seen Saina Nehwal at work: her visage a picture of concentration, her racquet an extension of her right hand as she leans forward in courtly stance; then a blaze and flurry of reaching-outs, backpedals, leaps, lunges and muted exultation. Have you seen her at play? There she is in the Maldives gloaming, a picturesque pier for a backdrop, in a comely LBD, a winsome smile and a breezy hairdo—as glamorous as any Indian sportsperson in recent years. Husband-coach Parupalli Kashyap was there, naturally, in this holiday amidst an extended break from the tour. We have eyes only for Saina.

Badminton player Saina Nehwal meet BJP President J P Nadda (R) after they joined Bharatiya Janata Party, in New Delhi.

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Badminton player Saina Nehwal and her sister Abu Chandranshu Nehwal (L) meet BJP President J P Nadda (R) after they joined Bharatiya Janata Party, in New Delhi.

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Badminton player Saina Nehwal and her sister Abu Chandranshu Nehwal (L) meet BJP President J P Nadda (R) after they joined Bharatiya Janata Party, in New Delhi.

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India's Saina Nehwal returns a shuttlecock to Denmark's Mia Blichfeldt during their women's singles round of sixteen match at the BWF Badminton World Championships in the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland.

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India's Saina Nehwal returns a shuttlecock to Denmark's Mia Blichfeldt during their women's singles round of sixteen match at the BWF Badminton World Championships in the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland.

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India's Saina Nehwal poses with the gold medal after winning against Spain's Carolina Marin during the final round of the women's single match of the Indonesia Masters badminton tournament at Istora Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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India's Saina Nehwal returns a shot to Spain's Carolina Marin during the final round of the women's single match the Indonesia Masters badminton tournament at Istora Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Saina Nehwal of India returns a shot to Carolina Marin of Spain during the women's singles semifinal of the Malaysia Masters badminton tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Sauna Nehwal of India returns a shot to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan during the women's singles quarterfinals of the Malaysia Masters badminton tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Shuttlers Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth, PV Sindhu and other players show their Commonwealth medals at a press conference in Hyderabad, Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Coath Gopichand is also seen.

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Badminton player Saina Nehwal at the wedding reception of comedian Kapil Sharma and Ginni Chatrath in Mumbai.

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Shuttlers PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Carolina Marin, A Ponappa, Srikanth Kidambi and other team captains pose for photos with the Season 4 trophy of Premier Badminton League (PBL), in Mumbai.

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Newly-wed Badminton players Saina Nehwal and P Kashyap pose for photos at the wedding reception of Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, in Mumbai.

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There we go again...this curious wedding phenomenon whereby comely people look stunningly gorgeous on their special night. Would you put it down to Saina’s elegant lehenga and exquisite jewellery and Parupalli Kash­yap’s colour-matched sherwani? Nope, it’s just the sense of occasion, something they excel at.

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Indian badminton players Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap pose for photos during their wedding reception in Hyderabad.

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Indian badminton players Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap pose for photos during their wedding reception in Hyderabad.

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Ace India shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap stand for photographs at their wedding in Hyderabad.

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Ace India shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap stand for photographs at their wedding in Hyderabad.

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The badminton trailblazer became the first Indian woman to win a prestigious BWF Super Series event, as she triumphed at the 2009 Indonesia Open in Jakarta, defeating higher ranked Chinese Lin Wang. Later, she won bronze at the 2012 Olympics and Com­mo­n­wealth Games gold in 2010 and 2018.

Saina Nehwal of India in action against Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei, during the Women's Singles Final match aof the Denmark Open badminton championship, in Odense, Denmark.

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It’s that curious phenomenon again—an unremarkably attractive couple transformed (or are we delusional with indulgence?), outwardly, by romance and a fixed marriage date. P. Kashyap is in a simple checked shirt; Saina in a black dress; they look like a trillion rupees. Cheers to our champions.

Same height...same build...you’ve got to admit this casting catch: Shraddha Kapoor is the best bet Bollywood can place on impersonating Saina Nehwal. But playing a champ of this calibre means early morning workouts, and racqueting and rattling on the courts. Good thing that Shraddha loves the game and dials Saina often for tips.

Indian shuttlers at Asian Games Silver medallist PV Sindhu and Bronze medallist Saina Nehwal pose for a photo after a press conference, in Hyderabad.

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Women's singles badminton silver medalist Pusarla V Sindhu and bronze medalist Saina Nehwal pose for a photograph after the medal ceremony of the event at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal plays a shot against Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei during their women's singles semifinal match at the 18th Asian Games Jakarta-Palembang 2018, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal in action against Thailand's R Intanon during women's singles quarterfinal badminton match at the 18th Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Saina Nehwal reacts after winning a point against Indonesia's F Fitriani during women's singles round badminton match at the 18th Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta.

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Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal in action at Women's Team quarterfinals event during the 18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018, in Indonesia.

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Saina Nehwal of India in actioin against Tzu Ying Tai of Chainese Taipei in the Women's Singels match during day three of the BWF Dubai World Superseries.

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Saina Nehwal of India plays a shot against Carolina Marin of Spain in their women's badminton singles quarterfinal match at the BWF World Championships in Nanjing, China.

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Saina Nehwal of India plays a shot against Aliye Demirbag of Turkey during their women's badminton singles match at the BWF World Championships in Nanjing, China.

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BJP President Amit Shah meets with shuttler Saina Nehwal and her family members, as a part of party's 'Sampark Se Samarthan' campaign, in Hyderabad.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the medal winners of the Commonwealth Games 2018, in New Delhi.

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Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal walks the ramp along with the models at a fashion show in Hyderabad.

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Shuttlers Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth, PV Sindhu and other players show their Commonwealth medals at a press conference in Hyderabad. Coath Gopichand is also seen.

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Shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth show their Commonwealth medals at a press conference in Hyderabad.

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Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore with gold medalist Saina Nehwal, silver medalist PV Sindhu and coach P Gopichand during the Commonwealth Games 2018, in Gold Coast, Australia.

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Women's singles badminton gold medalist Saina Nehwal with her father during the Commonwealth Games 2018, in Gold Coast, Australia.

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Women's singles gold medalist Saina Nehwal and silver medalist PV Sindhu pose for photographs during the medal ceremony at the Commonwealth Games 2018, in Gold Coast, Australia.

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India badminton players hold tricolour as they celebrate India's win in mixed-team badminton event final at Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast.

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India's Saina Nehwal plays a shot against Malaysia's Sonia Cheah Su Ya during the women's singles mixed-badminton team final at Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast.

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Indian badminton team hold tricolour during medal ceremony after India's win in mixed-team badminton event final at Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast.

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India's Saina Nehwal and teammates celebrate after winning a gold medal in mixed-team badminton final event against Malaysia at Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast.

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India's Saina Nehwal with National coach Gopichand during the women's singles of Badminton Mixed Team Semifinals match during the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia.

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Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal in action against Pakistani player Mahoor Shahzad at Badminton women's singles in Mixed Team event during the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast.

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Indian badminton player Saina Nehwal with her father and shooters Apoorvi Chandela, Mehuli Ghosh and Tejasvini Sawant at the Athletes Village Commonwealth Games 2018 at Gold Coast in Australia.

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India's Saina Nehwal in action against Denmark's Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt at Women singles match during the Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta India Open 2018 at Siri Fort Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.

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Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal in action against Sofie Holmboe Dahl of Denmark during the Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta India Open 2018 at Siri Fort Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.

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Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu and Spanish shuttler Carolina Marin pose for a photograph during a press conference of Dr Akhilesh Das Gupta India Open Badminton Championships, in New Delhi.

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Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth and Spanish shuttler Carolina Marin pose for a photograph during a press conference of Dr Akhilesh Das Gupta India Open Badminton Championships, in New Delhi.

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They are two of the fittest women in the country, and they strike terror across nets all over the world. But we couldn’t fault someone for mistaking P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal as Bollywood stars at the Indian Sports Honours awards function in Mumbai. The gowns were not so much becoming as they were exalted by Sindhu and Saina.

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Shuttlers Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu at the inaugural edition of Indian Sports Honours in Mumbai.

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Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu play against Lin Dan and Lee Chong during an exhibition match of the Legends Vision World Tour Mumbai leg.

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Indian muscle at the World Badminton Championships caused serious consternation among the badminton strongholds in Eur­ope, China, Japan and Indonesia. The stars of the surge, Sri­kanth, P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, thanked the government for their support, noted the sport’s growth here and pledged to scale the summit.

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Badminton coach Pullela Gopichand with badminton players Shrikanth Kidambi, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal during a felicitation function in New Delhi.

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Badminton players PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal during a felicitation function in New Delhi.

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Saina Nehwal plays against Thailand's Nitchaon Jindapol during their women's singles second round match at the Indonesia Open badminton championship in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal at the inauguration of a shop in Kochi.

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Star badminton player Saina Nehwal speaks as BAI President, Akhilesh Das Gupta, world no. 4 badminton player Carolina Marin of Spain and Rio Olympics silver medalist P V Sindhu look on during a press conference for the "BWF Metlife Yonex Sunrise India Open World Superseries 2017" badminton championship, in New Delhi.

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Indian athletes Mary Kom, Heena Sidhu and Saina Nehwal during a function to felicitate the participants of 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games held in Austria, in New Delhi. India finished the game with total of 73 medals, which included 37 gold medals, 10 silvers and 26 bronze.

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Saina Nehwal poses with her trophy during the awards ceremony after winning the women's singles final match during Malaysia Masters badminton tournament in Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia.

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Badminton player Saina Nehwal of Awadhe Warriors plays against Hong Kong badminton player Cheung Ngan Yi of Bengaluru Blasters during the women's singles of Premier Badminton League (PBL), in Bengaluru. Nehwal won the match 9-11, 11-5, 11-3.

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Indian badminton player Saina Nehwal of Awadhe Warriors returns a shot to Spanish player Carolina Marin of Hyderabad Hunters during the women's singles of Premier Badminton League (PBL), in Hyderabad.

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Randeep Hooda, Saina Nehwal take a selfie during Llyod OSM Award 2016, in New Delhi.

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Randeep Hooda, Saina Nehwal take a selfie

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Saina Nehwal returns a shot against Brazil's Lohaynny Vicente during a women's badminton match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Badminton player Saina Nehwal with her father Harvir Singh shows the medal she won in second Australian Open title after defeating China’s Sun Yu, in Hyderabad.

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India’s ace shuttler Saina Nehwal with the trophy after winning her second Australian Open Superseries title by defeating China’s Sun Yu in the Australian Open finals in Sydney on Sunday 12 June 2016.

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Saina Nehwal returns a shot to Spain's Carolina Marin during their quaterfinal women's single match at the Indonesia Open badminton tournament at Istora Stadium in Jakarta.

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Saina Nehwal (R) with president of Consumer Business Group, Huawei India Allen Wang at an event where she was announced as the brand ambassador of Honor e-smartphones for India.

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Saina Nehwal talks to media prior to watch a Movie 'Kis Kis Se Pyar Karu' starr popular comedian Kapil Sharma during an exclusive preview held for cricketers in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Badminton player Saina Nehwal in New Delhi.

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Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal regained the number one spot in world badminton rankings by toppling Spaniard Carolina Martin to whom she had lost in the summit clash of the just-concluded World Championships.

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Saina Nehwal returns the shuttlecock to China's Wang Shixian during their women's singles quarterfinal match at the Indonesia Open badminton tournament at Istora Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Saina Nehwal makes a backhand return during her qualifying match at the Indonesia Open badminton tournament at Istora Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Saina Nehwal returns a shot during her women's singles quarterfinal match against Wang Shixan of China at the Australian Open Badminton tournament in Sydney.

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Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal regained the number one position in international rankings after China's Li Xuerui dropped a couple of rungs to third in the latest list issued.

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Saina Nehwal returns a shot to China's Li Xuerui during their women's singles semifinals match at the Malaysia Open badminton tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Saina bows out of Malaysian Open; loses in semifinal against China's Li Xuerui 21-13, 17-21, 20-22

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Saina Nehwal return a shots from China's Sun Yu during quarter finals of Women Single's Malaysia Open in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Saina Nehwal kisses her gold medal after defeating Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon in the women's singles final of Yonex Sunrise India Open Badminton in New Delhi.

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Saina Nehwal plays against Ramadhini Hana (INA) during the quarter final (women single) match for the Yonex Sunrise India Open 2015 in New Delhi.

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Saina Nehwal with the runner up trophy, after being beaten by Spain’s Carolina Marin during the Women’s Singles final, at the All England Badminton Championships in Birmingham, England.

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Saina Nehwal wins the women's single tile of Syed Modi International Badminton Championship in Lucknow. Nehwal beat Carolina Marin (Spain) by 19-21, 25-23, 21-16.

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Saina Nehwal in action against Arundati Pantawane in quarterfinal of the Syed Modi International Badminton Championship in Lucknow.

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Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal participates in Swachh Bharat campaign at Banjara hills in Hyderabad.

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MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan felicitates shuttler Saina Nehwal during 'Shikhar Khel Alankaran' programme in Bhopal.

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File Combo images, from left: Olympic bronze-medallist Nehwal clinched the USD 700,000 China Open Super Series Premier tournament after beating young Akane Yamaguchi of Japan 21-12 22-20 in the women's singles finals. K Srikanth clinched his maiden Super Series title after defeating two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China 21-19, 21-17 in the men's singles.

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India's Saina Nehwal poses with the trophy on podium after she won the women's singles final against Japan's Akane Yamaguchi in China Open Badminton in Fuzhou in southeast China's Fujian province.

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Saina Nehwal returns the shuttlecock against U Teng Lok of Macau during their Women's Singles badminton match at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

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Members of India's bronze medal winning women's badminton team, Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, PC Thulasi, Ashwini Ponnappa, Sikki Reddy and Pradnya Gadre during the medal ceremony at the 17th Asian Games at the Gyeyang Gymnasium in Incheon, South Korea.

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India's Saina Nehwal plays a shot against Korea's Sung Ji-hyun during the Women's Badminton team singles semi final match at Asian Games 2014 in Incheon, South Korea.

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Ace badminton player Saina Nehwal listening intently to former badminton champion Vimal Kumar during a practice session in Bengaluru.

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Saina Nehwal returns a shot to China's top seeded Li Xuerui during their Quarter Final match at the World Badminton Championships at Ballerup Arena, Denmark.

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India's Saina Nehwal returns a shot to Japan's Sayaka Takahashi, not seen, during their match at the World Badminton Championships at Ballerup Arena, Denmark.

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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao felicitating ace shuttler Saina Nehwal during the 68th Independence Day function at the historic Golkonda Fort in Hyderabad.

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Telangana CM K Chandrashekhar Rao felicitates badminton player Saina Nehwal in Hyderabad.

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Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal lifts her first Super Series title in two years, clinching the USD 750,000 Star Australian Open after outplaying Spain's Carolina Marin in the summit clash in Sydney.

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Saina Nehwal at a promotional event in Pune.

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