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Badminton player PV Sindhu meets actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan at Makkal Needhi Maiam party office, in Chennai.

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World Badminton Champion PV Sindhu during an event at a private school, in Chennai.

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Badminton player PV Sindhu greets her fans in Thiruvannathapuram.

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Badminton player PV Sindhu comes out of the Attukal temple in Thiruvannathapuram.

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World Badminton champion P V Sindhu celebrates Batukamma festival in Hyderabad.

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BWF World Champion PV Sindhu and her coach P.Gopichand at a puja pandal during Durga Puja festival, in Kolkata.

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China's He Bing Jiao poses during the awards ceremony after winning against Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon during women's single final match at the Korea Open Badminton in Seoul, South Korea

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South Korea's Kim So-yeong and Kong Hee-yong, left, celebrate after winning against South Korea's Lee So-hee and Shin Seung-chan during the women's doubles final match at the Korea Open Badminton in Incheon, South Korea

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South Korea's Kim So-yeong and Kong Hee-yong, left, pose with their gold medals during the awards ceremony after winning against South Korea's Lee So-hee and Shin Seung-chan during the women's doubles final match at the Korea Open Badminton in Incheon, South Korea.

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Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon gestures after winning against Taiwan's Tai Tzu Ying during women's semi-final match at the Korea Open Badminton in Incheon, South Korea

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India's Parupalli Kashyap returns a shot during men's semi-final match against Japan's Kento Momota at the Korea Open Badminton in Incheon, South Korea

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Indian star shuttler P.V. Sindhu (L) sits in a BMW car presented to her in Hyderabad.

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy congratulates badminton World Champion PV Sindhu during a meeting in Amaravati. Sindhu won a gold medal at the BWF World Championships on August 25, 2019.

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BWF World Champion PV Sindhu with her father PV Ramana, during the shooting of an advertisment, in Mumbai

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BWF World Champion PV Sindhu plays with a junior player during a friendly match with JBC champions, in New Delhi.

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World badminton champion P V Sindhu smiles as she is felicitated by the Sahara Group during an event, in Mumbai.

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Infosys Foundation Chairperson Sudha Murthy (R) and former badminton player Prakash Padukone exchange an MoU between Infosys Foundation and Padukone Badminton Academy announcing a long-term partnership, in Bengaluru.

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Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan felicitates newly-crowned World Champion PV Sindhu at Shashtri Bhawan, in New Delhi. Sindhu became the first Indian to win the badminton World Championships by beating familiar rival Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in a lop-sided final in Basel, Sunday, Aug 25, 2019.

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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu with World Badminton Champion PV Sindhu and her parents, in Hyderabad.

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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu with World Badminton Champion PV Sindhu, in Hyderabad.

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World Badminton Champion PV Sindhu offers prayers in the Hill Shrine of Sri Venkateswara Swamy at Chittoor district.

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President Ram Nath Kovind presents Dronacharya Award 2019 to Badminton Coach Vimal Kumar during the National Sports and Adventure Award 2019, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

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Look how she leapt, loped, placed, recovered and smashed. At the end of the 21-7, 21-7 blitzkrieg, only one finalist towered over all—India’s P.V. Sindhu, her Jap­anese opponent Noz­omi Oku­hara red­uced to a spare part in the snatch for the World Championship gold. For those who que­s­tioned her ability after those silver and bronze hauls, this is an answer: it was just a matter of time, you miserable dou­bters!

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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao felicitates World Badminton Champion PV Sindhu, in Hyderabad.

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Telangana Governor ESL Narasimhan felicitates World Badminton Champion PV Sindhu, at a function in Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad.

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Shuttler PV Sindhu, who created a history by winning gold medal at the BWF World Championships, being welcomed on her arrival at Begumpet airport in Hyderabad.

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Ace badminton player PV Sindhu with shuttler B Sai Praneeth and coach P Gopichand, addresses a press conference on her return after winning gold at the BWF World Championships, at SAI Gopichand National Badminton Academy, Hyderabad. Praneeth won bronze at the event.

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Shuttler B Sai Praneeth displays the bronze medal which he won at the BWF World Championships in 2019 before addressing the media at SAI Gopichand National Badminton Academy, Hyderabad.

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Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju meets World Champion PV Sindhu and Chief National coach Pullela Gopichand at his residence, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates World Champion PV Sindhu for her win in the badminton World Championships during a meeting, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates World Champion PV Sindhu for her win in the badminton World Championships during a meeting, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets World Champion PV Sindhu, in New Delhi. Sindhu became the first Indian to win the badminton World Championships by beating familiar rival Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in a lop-sided final in Basel, Sunday, Aug 25, 2019.

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School girls congratulate badminton player P V Sindhu on winning the BWF World Championship, at a school in Mirzapur.

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Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju meets World Champion PV Sindhu at his residence, in New Delhi. Sindhu became the first Indian to win the badminton World Championships by beating familiar rival Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in a lop-sided final in Basel, Sunday, Aug 25, 2019.

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Chief National coach Pullela Gopichand gestures as he leaves along with World Champion PV Sindhu (unseen) after meeting Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju at his residence, in New Delhi.

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World Champion PV Sindhu gestures as she leaves Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju's residence, in New Delhi. Sindhu became the first Indian to win the badminton World Championships by beating familiar rival Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in a lop-sided final in Basel.

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India's ace badminton player P.V Sindhu smiles as she arrives at T-3 terminal of IGI Airport after winning the BWF World Championship, in New Delhi.

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Just like the first game, Sindhu won the second game with ease (7-21) and also finished it with another smash. Winning the match bought her the elusive BWF World Championships gold medal, and also pushed further more into the limelight.

Okuhara even tried to change the pace of the game but Sindhu's intensity proved to be too much for her.

The second game also turned out to exactly the same as the previous one, with Sindhu dominating over her opponent.

Sindhu used her height to her own advantage, sending in barrages of smashes against the Japanese and winning the first game with ease, 7-21.

Okuhara didn't stand a chance, fumbling at almost ever y moment of the game.

Sindhu began with a bang, playing aggressive badminton, blazing past her opponents in opening challenges with considerable ease.

Celebrated shuttler PV Sindhu on Sunday became the first-ever Indian shuttler to win the BWF World Championships. Playing in her third successive final, the 24-year-old from Hyderabad destroyed Japanese Nozomi Okuhara in straight games, 21-17 21-7 at Basel, Switzerland.

Japan's Nozomi Okuhara during her women's singles final match against India's Pusarla V. Sindhu at the BWF Badminton World Championships in Basel, Switzerland.

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India's gold-medallist Pusarla V. Sindhu after winning her women's singles final match against Japan's Nozomi Okuhara at the BWF Badminton World Championships in Basel, Switzerland

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India's Pusarla V. Sindhu cheers after winning her women's singles final match against Japan's Nozomi Okuhara at the BWF Badminton World Championships in Basel, Switzerland.

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India's Pusarla V. Sindhu cheers after winning her women's singles final match against Japan's Nozomi Okuhara at the BWF Badminton World Championships in Basel, Switzerland

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India's Pusarla V. Sindhu returns a shuttlecock to Japan's Nozomi Okuhara during their women's singles final match at the BWF Badminton World Championships in Basel, Switzerland

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India's Pusarla V. Sindhu serves a shuttlecock to Japan's Nozomi Okuhara during their women's singles final match at the BWF Badminton World Championships in Basel, Switzerland

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India's Pusarla V. Sindhu returns a shuttlecock to Japan's Nozomi Okuhara during their women's singles final match at the BWF Badminton World Championships in Basel, Switzerland

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India's Pusarla V. Sindhu returns a shuttlecock to Japan's Nozomi Okuhara during their women's singles final match at the BWF Badminton World Championships in Basel, Switzerland

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India's Pusarla V. Sindhu returns a shuttlecock to USA's Beiwen Zhang 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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Japan's Akane Yamaguchi returns a shuttlecock to Singapore's Yeo Jia Min during their women's singles second round match at the BWF Badminton World Championships in the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland.

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India's H.S. Prannoy returns a shuttlecock to China's Lin Dan during their men's singles second round match at the BWF Badminton World Championships in the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland.

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P.V. Sindhu of India competes against Akane Yamaguchi of Japan during their women's singles final match at Indonesia Open badminton championship at Istora Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Nozomi Okuhara of Japan returns a shot to Sindhu Pusarla of India in their women's singles match during the Indonesia Open badminton championship in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Sindhu Pusarla of India returns a shot to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in their women's singles match during the Indonesia Open badminton championship in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Indians had an emotional courtride of an Olym­pic silver in badminton through Sindhu’s Rio effort. Someone (along with Saina) who raised the profile of badminton in India, Sindhu—all determinedly pursed lips and steely eyes—certainly deserves a biopic. But who can provide a fair imitation of those springy leaps and staggering lopes? Filmmaker Sonu Sood’s firm choice, for obvious reasons of heredity and interest, is Deepika. Nothing, though, is decided.

Ace badminton player P.V. Sindhu meets Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy in Hyderabad.

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Union minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Hardeep Singh Puri plays badminton at a park during his election campaign for the Lok Sabha elections, in Amritsar.

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Gold medallist Victor Axelsen of Denmark with silver medallist of India's Srikanth Kidambi (L) after the final of men’s singles of the Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2019, in New Delhi.

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Indian badminton player PV Sindhu plays a shot against Hong Kong's Deng Xuan during the second round of women's singles badminton match at Yonex Sunrise India Open 2019, in New Delhi.

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Indian badminton player Srikanth Kidambi returns a shot to China's Lu Guangzu during the second round of men's singles badminton match at Yonex Sunrise India Open 2019, in New Delhi.

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Indian doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy play against 6th seed Li Wenme, Zheng Yu of China during Yonex Sunrise india Open 2019, at Indira Gandhi stadium in New Delhi.

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Women’s Day arri­ved at Aero India 2019 in Bangalore when a reigning queen of the badminton court donned a flight overall and hopped into the cockpit of a Tejas aircraft. P.V. Sin­dhu’s sortie with Wing Commander Siddharth Singh ploughed the sky through mano­u­evres and left it scratched white. Not a scratch on her though, going by this breezy wave.

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Badminton player PV Sindhu waves from the cockpit of twin-seater - HAL's Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas on the 4th day of 12th edition of AERO India 2019, at Yelahanka Air Base, in Bengaluru.

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Badminton player PV Sindhu sits on the back seat as a co-pilot for a sortie in Tejas Aircraft on the 4th day of 12th edition of AERO India 2019, at Yelahanka Air Base, in Bengaluru.

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Indian shuttler PV Sindhu at a promotional event in Chennai.

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Purple lace-ups, calf straps, long pins, a little white dress—even Misfit Panda couldn’t make Sindhu unsexy when the badminton ace let her locks down. Talking about tresses, Dangal girl Sanya’s curls are something Romeo would die to curl up with and feel proud. Well, what we mean is who won’t appreciate a gym dress made of upcycled fabric from plastic bottles!

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Indian shuttler PV Sindhu walks the ramp showcasing the creation by designer Misfit Panda at the Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) Summer Resort 2019, in Mumbai.

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

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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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Nozomi Okuhara of Japan returns a shot to Sauna Nehwal of India during the women's singles quarterfinals 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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Indian Badminton players PV Sindhu, Ashwini Ponnappa, British players (in yellow) Chris Adcock and Gabrielle Adcock during a meet-and-greet on the sidelines of Premier Badminton League, in Bengaluru.

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Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, BJP MPs Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Anurag Thakur during the 3rd MPs Badminton Tournament inauguration, at Constitution Club in New Delhi.

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President Ram Nath Kovind confers Padma Shri on Badminton player Kidambi Srikanth during the Padma Awards 2018 function at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

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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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Pune 7 Aces player Carolina Marine in action during the Premier Badminton League match, in Mumbai.

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Hyderabad Hunters player PV Sindhu in action during the Premier Badminton League match, 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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Pusarla V. Sindhu of India holds the winner's trophy after beating Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in their women's badminton singles final at the BWF World Tour Finals in Guangzhou in southern China's Guangdong province.

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Pusarla V. Sindhu of India reacts while competing against Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in their women's badminton singles final at the BWF World Tour Finals in Guangzhou in southern China's Guangdong province.

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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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Sania was the first Indian woman to win a Grand Slam when she clinched the junior Wimbledon doubles title in 2003. She became the first Indian to enter the third round of a Slam (Australian Open, 2005) and made it to the fourth round of the US Open in 2005.

After Prakash Padukone there was none. Till, in 2001, Pullela Gopichand won the All-Eng­land Cha­­m­­pion­­ships and triggered a racquet ren­aiss­ance. He now tends to the reawakening at his academy in Hyderabad—a one-­man shaper of Indian might in badminton.

The lanky Hyderabadi bec­ame the first Indian woman to win the badminton silver at Rio 2016. Thus, Sindhu did one better than Saina, bronze-winner at 2012. Sindhu went on to win gold in the mixed team event at the 2018 CWG.

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.

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