Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap are among the Indian badminton players who married each other. Image- Olympics.com
Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap are among the Indian badminton players who married each other. Image- Olympics.com

Happy Valentine’s Day: Indian badminton players who married each other

There are some shuttlers who not only share a passion for badminton but have also found love in each other's company.

In the realm of sports, the journey of Indian badminton has been nothing short of remarkable. Over the years, the nation has witnessed the rise of several talented players who have conquered the international stage with their finesse and skill. Among these athletes, there are some who not only share a passion for badminton but have also found love in each other's company. These couples have not only excelled together on the court but have also built enduring partnerships off it. Let's delve into the stories of some of the most notable Indian badminton players who married each other.

Indian badminton players who married each other

Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap

Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap come at the first in that loveable list of Indian badminton players who married each other. Image- ESPN
Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap come at the first in that loveable list of Indian badminton players who married each other. Image- ESPN

Saina Nehwal, a former world number one and an Olympic bronze medalist, and Parupalli Kashyap, an accomplished badminton player himself, met during their training sessions at the Gopichand Academy. Their friendship blossomed into love, and they eventually tied the knot in 14 December 2018. Both have represented India in numerous international tournaments and have been a source of inspiration for aspiring shuttlers.

Everyone referred to this sensational couple as 'a match made in heaven' on social media. That is why they come at the first in that loveable list of Indian badminton players who married each other.

Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap are among the Indian badminton players who married each other. Image- Olympics.com
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Sikki Reddy and B. Sumeeth Reddy

Sikki Reddy and B. Sumeeth Reddy come at the second in that loveable list of Indian badminton players who married each other. Image- Sportskeeda
Sikki Reddy and B. Sumeeth Reddy come at the second in that loveable list of Indian badminton players who married each other. Image- Sportskeeda

Sikki Reddy, known for her prowess in doubles badminton, found her match in B. Sumeeth Reddy, a seasoned doubles player himself. They first met in 2001 at a badminton summer camp. Their partnership blossomed into love, and they eventually exchanged vows on 23 February 2019 in Hyderabad. Together, they navigate the highs and lows of professional badminton, drawing strength from each other's presence and unwavering support.

Pullela Gopichand and PVV Lakshmi

Pullela Gopichand and PVV Lakshmi. Image-Book of Achievers
Pullela Gopichand and PVV Lakshmi. Image-Book of Achievers

Other badminton players who married each other are Pullela Gopichand and PVV Lakshmi. In the annals of Indian badminton, few names resonate as profoundly as Pullela Gopichand, the iconic coach who has sculpted champions, and PVV Lakshmi, his steadfast partner who has stood by his side through triumphs and tribulations. Theirs is a tale of love, dedication, and shared passion for the sport that has defined their lives and united their hearts.

Gopichand married fellow badminton player PVV Lakshmi on 5 June 2002. They have two children, a daughter named Gayathri a son named Vishnu. Their daughter Gayathri w won the 2015 U-13 National Badminton Champion.

Arun Vishnu and Arundhati Pantawane

Arun Vishnu and Arundhati Pantawane. Image- The Fan Garage
Arun Vishnu and Arundhati Pantawane. Image- The Fan Garage

The fourth love birds who come at the fourth position in the list of Indian badminton players who married each other are Arun Vishnu and Arundhati Pantawane. Ranchi National Games gold medalist Arundhati of Nagpur and multiple national games double champion, Vishnu from Kerala tied the knot in Nagpur in 2017 after dating for five long years. They train at the Gopichand Academy and have represented India in a few tournaments. Arun Vishnu has coached the Chennai Smashers in PBL 2027 and is now a full time coach of Indian Badminton team.

Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Pradnya Gadre

Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Pradnya Gadre. Image- Sportswire
Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Pradnya Gadre. Image- Sportswire

The last but not least, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Pradnya Gadre are the another couple who come in the list of Indian badminton players who married each other. Pranaav and Pradnya married on 13 December 2017. They met on a badminton court, became friends and later went on to play mixed doubles together at various national and international tournaments.

Pranaav proposed Pradnya on the court with a shuttlecock and she readily accepted it. Now Pranaav continues to play mix doubles pairing Sikki Reddy whereas Pradnya is now a doubles coach at the Gopichand Academy.

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