XtraTime Web Desk: India’s star shuttler Saina Nehwal has given the confirmation that she will marry India’s male badminton player Parupalli Kashyap and the grand marriage will take place on December 16 later this year.
“I will get busy with the Premier Badminton League from December 20 and then qualifiers for the Tokyo Games will begin. So this was the only date that we had to get married,” Saina told TOI.
Both of them have been training under the guidance of Gopichand since 2005 and there were rumours that they were dating for a long period o time.
“We started travelling for bigger tours from 2007-08 onwards. We played tournaments together, trained together and slowly, started paying more attention to each other’s matches. In the competitive world that we live in, it is difficult to get close to someone. But somehow we both found it very easy to talk to each other, talk about our matches. The feeling gradually grew,”
“We didn’t think about marriage before. The career that we pursue is very demanding. It is very important to win tournaments and we didn’t want to shift our focus by getting married earlier,” she said.
Saina who has been playing so well in women’s circuit for India is currently taking part in the Korea Open. In her career so far, she has won 20 major titles, an Olympic bronze and a silver medalist in the World Championships.
“A player needs treatment and attention just like a baby. At home, I get everything without asking, but this will change once I get married. I will be equally responsible of doing things on my own,” she said.
“I didn’t want to rush things before the CWG and Asian Games. But now, we think we are ready for it and can manage things on our own.
“Bolne ki zaroorat nahi padi (I didn’t have to tell them). We used to be together most of the time and my parents also travelled with me, so they understood who I was close to and comfortable with even after my losses,” she said in the interview.