Best Female Indian Badminton Players : Badminton is a sport that is played with a racquet and a shuttlecock and the aim is to continuously hit the shuttle to the opponent’s court, without dropping it. Shuttlecock, or cock alone, is a feathered (or plastic) projectile which flies differently from the balls that are used in many other sports. It is a sport that is enjoyed by Indians when it comes to the Olympics or Commonwealth Games. Like tennis, this can also be played as singles, doubles or mixed game.
This is the list of top 5 female badminton players from India:
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu is a professional badminton player with Indian origin. She is the first Indian woman to grab an Olympic silver medal, and one of the two Indian badminton players to ever win an Olympic medal – other being Saina Nehwal. Sindhu earned silver in Women’s singles at Commonwealth Games 2018. She was a silver medalist at the 2017 BWF World Championships and 2018 BWF World Championships successively.
Sindhu came to international limelight when she broke into the top 20 of the BWF World Ranking in September 2012 at the age of 17. In 2013, she had become the first ever Indian women’s singles player to win a medal at the Badminton World Championships. In March 2015, she is the winner of India’s fourth highest civilian honor, the Padma Shri. Her silver medal win in the women’s singles event of the 2016 Summer Olympics made her the first Indian shuttle player to reach the final of an Olympics badminton event and the freshest Indian to make a finish in an individual event at the Olympics. She is among the top five shuttle players in women’s singles category.
Saina Nehwal is an Indian-originated professional badminton singles player. Former world no. 1, she has bagged over 23 international titles, which include ten Superseries titles. Although she reached the world’s 2nd in 2009, it was in 2015 that she attained the world no. 1 ranking, thereby becoming the only female player from India and overall the second Indian player – after Prakash Padukone – to achieve this level. She has embodied India three times in the Olympics, winning a bronze medal in her second appearance.
Saina has achieved many mileposts in badminton for India. She is the only Indian to have achieved at least a medal in every BWF major individual event, namely the Olympics, the BWF World Championships, and the BWF World Junior Championships. She is the first Indian badminton player to have earned an Olympic medal, along with being the only Indian to have won the BWF World Junior Championships or to have attained to the final of the BWF World Championships. In 2006, she became the first Indian female and the youngest Asian to place first in a 4-star tournament. She also has the peculiarity of being the first Indian to win a Super Series title. In the 2014 Uber Cup, she leads the Indian team and remained undefeated, helping India to get a bronze medal. It was India’s first achievement in any BWF major team event. She is the first Indian to have won two singles gold medals in Commonwealth Games.
Puthenpurayil Chandrika Thulasi is a badminton player from India. At the 2010 South Asian Games, she grabbed the silver medal in the women’s doubles and the gold medal with the Indian team. In 2012, she was fruitful at the India International Badminton Championships. She got the Gold medal in the 34th National Games 2015 in badminton singles versus Telangana. In April 2016, she earned the Yonex Sunrise 80th National Badminton Championship singles title.
She is training at the Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad. She achieved the National junior girls’ doubles title partnering N Sikki Reddy. Thulasi went on to win the Gold medal in the doubles event of the Commonwealth Youth Games. Thulasi earned the bronze medal at the Junior World Badminton Championships in the team event. Thulasi won the women’s’ doubles winner at the Smiling Fish international Series badminton tournament. In 2009, Thulasi partnered with N Sikki Reddy again to bag the National junior girls’ doubles title for the second time. In 2010, P.C.Thulasi achieved her first senior singles title when she won the Tata Open International badminton challenge tournament at Mumbai.
Aditi Mutatkar is a badminton player from Pune, Maharashtra, India. She earned the Silver Medal in a mixed event in commonwealth games held in Delhi, 2010. She earned her highest rank of 27th in the world when she listed her career-best performance of reaching the finals of the Bitburger Open. In the domestic circuit, she has scored points in the Badminton Nationals in all age categories, only the third woman in this country to do so. Her career has been punctured with injuries. After a one and a half year pause due to injury, in 2012-13, she has made a solid comeback with a third-place finish in the senior nationals and victory at the State Championships.
Arundhati Pantawane is an Indian badminton singles player. She symbolized India at the women’s team event of the 2010 Asian Games among other achievements, she bagged a gold medal at the 2011 National Games along with finishing as runner-up at the 75th Senior National Badminton Championships. She was the Indian Badminton Championship 2011 runner-up in women’s singles behind Aditi Mutatkar. She also placed in second place in the Estonian International 2011 and the Czech International 2011. At the China Masters 2011 and the Singapore Super Series 2011, she could not gain in the first round of the main draw.
These women have proved their might using their abilities in playing the game and bringing India’s name on the map of the world in Badminton. They are not only talented in their field but also a representation that women are no less than men in any game played. They have undergone all the physical expenditure just like men, if not tougher. The game may seem simple to viewers, but in reality, it requires a lot of training.