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Saina Nehwal ties the knot with Parupalli Kashyap

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Best match of my life.

With these words, badminton star Saina Nehwal announced her marriage with fellow India teammate Parupalli Kashyap on Friday evening. The world no. 10 took to Twitter and posted photos of her with Kashyap, wearing a pink and beige lehenga with lavender prints at the bottom. Kashyap looked dapper in an asymmetrical kurta with a Nehru jacket. Both were all smiles during the garland-exchange ceremony which was attended family and friends.

According to reports, Saina and Kashyap have been in a relationship for close to a decade but had managed to keep it under wraps while concentrating on their respective professional careers. It is believed that they had first met each other in a badminton academy where both were regular for their training – much earlier than achieving international glory courtesy their on-court performances. In the ensuing years, while Saina climbed to the apex of international badminton championships, Kashyap too registered strong performances to bring laurels galore to the country.

Indeed they are perfect match

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Manika Batra is the first Indian to table tennis star award

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India’s Manika Batra on Wednesday became the first Indian Table Tennis player to be decorated with the ‘Breakthrough Table Tennis Star’ award at the prestigious International Table Tennis Federation Star Awards in Incheon.

“I am really honoured and happy to have received the award. I feel, 2018 has been the best year of my career so far and I am happy for what I have achieved,” Manika said at the ceremony.

“I would like to thank the Government, the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) and most importantly, my family, who has been there for me and motivated me along this journey,” she added.

Manika started the year on a high at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, guiding India to it’s first-ever gold medal in the Women’s Team category as they defeated four-time gold medallists and defending champions Singapore 3-1.

She bagged another gold in the women’s singles category, defeating former World No. 4 Feng Tianwei. Batra also added two more medals to her kitty winning a silver in the women’s doubles’ and a bronze in the mixed doubles categories.

The 23-year-old Arjuna awardee then partnered India’s legendary Sharath Kamal to clinch a bronze in the mixed doubles category of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Manika further reached her career-best ranking of 52 in 2018 and became India’s highest ranked female player.

TTFI’s General Secretary MP Singh congratulated the Indian star.