Continuing the trend of glamorous weddings this season, Saina Nehwal becomes the latest superstar to tie the knot as she got married to fellow Badminton player, Parupalli Kashyap earlier today.
Saina-Kashyap marriage is the latest chapter in an ever-growing book of Indian sporting matches after those of Dipika Pallikal-Dinesh Karthik, Ishant Sharma-Pratima Singh and wrestlers, Geeta Phogat-Pawan Kumar and Sakshi Malik-Satyawart Kadian.
The Hyderabad-based duo has reportedly been in a relationship for the past decade but managed to keep it under wraps by hanging out in a group that usually comprised Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy and Gurusai Dutt.
"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," Nehwal had told the Times of India in October.
"But 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. 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. 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," she added.
Saina took to Twitter to call her marriage with Kashyap the "best match" of her life.
Kashyap had shared a picture on Twitter, where he described his relationship with Nehwal as the 'most epic match of the year.' "As the pride of our nation get set to tie the knots, here's bringing to you the most epic #matchoftheyear. Ace vs Ace. Stay tuned while we warm up the court for our star shuttlers with an interesting duel at @Novotelhyd #accorhotels #matchmadeatNovotel @NSaina @parupallik."
As the pride of our nation get set to tie the knots, here's bringing to you the most epic #matchoftheyear. Ace vs Ace. Stay tuned while we warm up the court for our star shuttlers with an interesting duel at @Novotelhyd #accorhotels #matchmadeatNovotel @NSaina @parupallik pic.twitter.com/9C22vATXAQ— Novotel HICC (@NovotelHyd) December 12, 2018