Badminton is a moderately popular sport in India, and after Saina Nehwal has taken India to the Top Ten World rankings it is gradually gaining recognition. Earlier badminton was synonymous with erstwhile players like Prakash Padukone and Pullela Gopichand. Currently there are three Indian women who feature in the Top 100 World Rankings.
Saina Nehwal is a Khel Ratna badminton player and she has moved up in the rankings to be World No. 3 currently. Saina has the privilege of achieving many firsts in her career. One of her greatest achievements was being the first Indian to win a medal in Badminton at the Olympics. She achieved this feat by winning the Bronze medal at the London Olympics 2012. She is also the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championship. Saina has had an illustrious career so far, and keeping in mind her excellent performance, it looks like there are more laurels to come.
PV Sindhu is ranked World no. 24. In the international circuit, she was a bronze medalist at the 2009 Sub-Junior Asian Badminton Championships which was held in Colombo. Sindhu also reached the quarterfinals of the 2010 Junior World Badminton Championships that was held in Mexico. Sindhu is a much talked about badminton star, after her performance in the China Masters Super Series, which earned her the nickname Dragon Slayer!
Neha Pandit is another one of India’s very talented badminton players. She was the runner-up at the National Games in 2007, and this is one of her most notable achievements. She has also participated in some international level competitions. Neha was also a semi-finalist in the Iran Fajr international challenge held earlier this year.
When it comes to Women’s Doubles there are three teams that make it in the World Top 100.The team that comprises Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa is ranked 21. Both players have participated in the Olympics 2012 as well as the Li Ning Singapore open 2012. They also won gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, 2010.
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