Women in India are becoming famous and they are actively involved in sports as much as men. These talented and excellent athletes are capable of competing with the best athletes in the world. Here is a list of the top 10 well-known and popular women sports celebrities whose performances have given a new life to the games and who are making our country proud.
- PT Usha:
PT Usha was one of the first Indian sportswomen to gain the international spotlight. She brought Indian athletics into the limelight in the early 80’s. She has won 5 gold medals and a bronze medal at the Asian Athletic Meet of Jakarta in 1985 and in the next year she won 4 gold medals and silver at the Asian Games held in Seoul. She is awarded the Arjuna award and Padma Shri for her outstanding achievement in running.
- Saina Nehwal:
She is known as the golden girl of Indian badminton. She started her career in the year 2012 where she reached the 5th position in the World Badminton players list. She attained number one ranking in the 2015 Badminton World Federation Women’s Singles rankings. She is the first from India to win the World Junior Badminton Championships in 2009. She has won the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold, Thai Open Grand Prix Gold, and the Indonesian Open Super Series. She won the bronze medal for women’s badminton at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. She is one of a most successful female sportsperson.
- Sania Mirza:
She is one of the most popular and recognized faces in Indian sports and is the only woman face of Indian Tennis. She is ranked No. 1 in the world in women’s doubles tennis. In the US opening, she was the first Indian female to reach the fourth round of Grand Slam Tournament. She played international singles tennis between 2003 and 2013. In 2015 she won the Wimbledon Championships along with Martina Hingis.
- MC Mary Kom:
She is a five-time boxing world champion and she was the only woman boxer from India to qualify for the 2012 London Summer Olympics where she won the bronze medal in the flyweight category. She won the women’s boxing gold medal at the Asian Games held at Incheon in 2014. She was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2013.
- PV Sindhu:
She is a rising star in the game of badminton. She has won the women’s singles bronze at the World Championships in 2013 and 2014, bronze at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and bronze at the 2014 Asia Championships and a gold medal at the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games. She was a semi-finalist at the Malaysian Open. In 2014, she was ranked No. 9 in the World Women’s Badminton Rankings and at present, she is ranked No 13.
- Deepika Kumari:
She is an archer and has a rating of a world no 2. She won a gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in the category of women’s individual recurve event and won another gold medal in the same event in the team’s category. She won a bronze in the individual event in the Archery World Cup 2015 and won the Silver Medal in 2015 Archery World Cup final. She is awarded the Arjuna Award.
- Geeta Phogat:
She is the first woman wrestler from India to qualify for the Olympics. She won a gold medal in the Wrestling FILA Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament in Almaty, Kazakhstan in 2012 and won gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.
- Dipika Pallikal:
She is the first squash player from India to reach the top 20 positions in the WSA rankings. She won 3 WISPA tour titles in 2011 which helped her to achieve a career best ranking of 13. She achieved the best ranking at position 10th in 2012. She was also a semi-finalist in Australian Open.
- Tania Sachdev:
She is a brilliant chess player and won the titles of Woman Grandmaster (2005) and International Master (2008). She got the Arjuna Award in 2009 for being the 8th Indian Woman Grandmaster. In 2012, she won the bronze Medal in Istanbul Chess Olympic, Turkey.
- Sharmila Nicollet:
This Indo French golfer started her career in 2002 at the age of 11 and won her first tournament at age of 15. She was the youngest lady golfer to win Amateur All- India Ladies Championship in 2007-2008. She finished in the 17th place at the Lalla Aicha Tour school final stage, at the Ladies European Tour. She is the youngest Indian golfer to qualify for Ladies European Tour.
These women sports celebrities are making our country proud and they deserve our love and respect.