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the quarterfinals of the World Cup before this. And as many as 12 players of India’s junior World Cup team were part of the senior side that finished a poor seventh in the FIH Hockey World League Round 3 in Rotterdam in June.
Chinese shuttlers, beware
Recently, PV Sindhu became the first Indian woman to win a medal at the badminton World Championships in Guangzhou, China. Playing in her maiden World Championship, Sindhu notched up stunning victories against two Chinese players in the run-up to the semi-finals, but she failed to read the game of Thailand’s Ratchanok Inthanon and suffered a 10-21, 13-21 loss. She nevertheless won the hearts of millions of sporting enthusiasts besides a berth in the record books.
The Olympic torchbearer
The list will be incomplete without Saina Nehwal, one of the most successful sporting personalities in India. The 22-year-old is the first player to win an Olympic medal in badminton—she won the bronze at the 2012 London Games. Nehwal tasted success for the first time on the international circuit when she won the Indonesian Open in 2009. In fact, she is the only shuttler to have challenged the Chinese and Malaysian domination of badminton till 2012.