"Winning takes talent, to repeat takes a character."- John Wooden
It was earlier believed that sports in India were all about men. Even there were moments when women were not fully encouraged for opting sports as their career.
But now the tables have turned. The same spirit and energy that is for the sportsmen are provided to sportswomen of the country. The ladies despite being talented in their respective sports are standing as a competition against our B-Town heroines.
So, here I am with a list of some Indian sportswomen who are living proof that it isn't just the Bollywood actresses in the country who look glamorous.
We feel proud of such females as they have proved to be a perfect blend of excellent performance and alluring beauty.
So, c'mon let's see who we have on the list of charismatic pro sportswomen of the country.
The captain of Indian Women's National Cricket Team, Mithali Raj, 34, gathered attention during India's opening match against England in the ICC Women's World Cup. She also became the first international female cricketer to score seven consecutive fifties.
Born to an Indian Air Officer Dorai Raj, Mithali is an avid reader. According to India Times, she is also honoured Arjuna Award in 2013 and Padma Shri in 2015. She has learned Bharatnatyam as well.
Do you know who is the first squash player who was conferred with the Arjuna Award?
India's top squash player Dipika Pallikal is the first Indian to break into the top 10 in the PSA Women's rankings. According to her Wikipedia page, her mother played international cricket for the Indian women's team. Dipika became the first Female Squash player to be conferred with the Arjuna Award, India's second highest sporting award in the year 2012.
Dipika Pallikal tied the knot with Indian cricketer Dinesh Karthik in a Christian wedding ceremony in 2015. But you will be shocked to know that she hates cricketers. As per India Today report, Pallikal said, "Except Dinesh Karthik, I hate all cricketers because they steal all the limelight and endorsements."
What do you know about the youngest lady golfer to win the All-India Ladies Amateur Championship?
Sharmila Nicollet is an Indo-French professional golfer from Bangalore. She is a perfumer and has her own Padmini Aroma Ltd in Bangalore while Marc is a software professional. According to her Wikipedia page, Nicollet was also the youngest lady golfer to win the All-India Ladies Amateur Championship in 2007–2008, along with seven Open Amateur Tournaments.
She pursued golf in 2002 at the age of 11 and won her first tournament at the age of 15. 15, seriously? She is also a former national sub-junior swimming champ with over 72 gold, and silver medals won in state and national aquatic meets.
Who is the female tennis player who doesn't need an introduction?
Did you know that on April 12, 2015, Sania Mirza made history as she became the first female tennis player from India to rank World no. 1 in women's doubles? She deserves this, as according to India.com reports, started playing tennis at the age of six at Hyderabad's Nizam Club.
You will be surprised to know that Sania is the first Indian tennis player to make more than USD 1 million. Even Google trends stated Sania Mirza to be the most searched Indian sportsperson in 2010
This lady started playing badminton when she was eight, any guesses who is she?
Did you know that P. V. Sindhu aka Pusarla Venkata Sindhu was just 17 when she came to international attention after breaking into the top 20 of the BWF World Ranking in September 2012?
Sindhu parents played professional volleyball, Sindhu chose badminton over it. According to the sources, she drew inspiration from the success of Pullela Gopichand, 2001 All England Open Badminton Champion. She ultimately started playing badminton when she was eight.
Any idea about this left-handed Indian badminton player who was married to badminton player Chetan Anand?
Jwala Gutta, 34, is a left-handed Indian badminton player. According to the sources, she is India's the most successful doubles specialist and has won the National Badminton Championships fourteen times.
Gutta is known for being one of the only top doubles players who still use the forehand service as others often opt for the safer backhand serve. She stands unique in this aspect.
Earlier, Gutta was inclined towards playing tennis, but she shifted to badminton at insistence from her mother. She was married to badminton player Chetan Anand from 2005-2011.
Who is the female cricketer who became a crush of many Indians after her first glimpse during the ICC Women's World Cup 2017?
Indian female cricketer Smriti Mandhana in no time became a crush of many people when she was first captured after her stellar performance at the ICC Women's World Cup 2017. Her passion for cricket can be seen as at the age of nine, she was selected in the Maharashtra's Under-15 team. According to her Wikipedia page, at eleven, she was picked for the Maharashtra Under-19s team.
"She is the first version of Smriti and is really special. Every Indian who loves sports will be proud of her. Wish her and the team the best," tweeted the talented Virender Sehwag.
These women have not just brought laurels to the nation, but are also an inspiration to many girls to break the stereotype beliefs and take up sports as their career. Kudos to such skilled and lovely ladies of the country.
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