The 10 most glamorous women in Indian sports
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1. Dipika Pallikal
Born on 21st September, 1991, Dipika is a fabulous squash player from Chennai. She played her first international tournament when she was in the sixth grade and since then she has never looked back. She has won the German Open, French Open, Dutch Open, Australian Open and Scottish Open on the European Junior Squash Circuit. Currently she is the top woman squash player in the country, representing India along with Joshna Chinnapa. Dipika is ranked 35th in the world rankings. Her glamorous looks have led to her signing a modelling contract with Globus Ltd.
2. Pratima Singh
Member of the Indian women’s national basketball team, Pratima has won the best player award in many National and State Championships. When the University of Delhi won a gold medal in the All-India University Basketball Championship at Nallor, she was the vice-captain of the team. She was given the joint best player award along with her sister Akanksha Singh. She has legions of fans who admire her action-packed glamour, which is otherwise not seen in many sportswomen. The glamorous basketball player has also just signed a movie (unconfirmed report).
3. Shikha Tandon
Shikha is an amazingly versatile Indian swimmer. She is equally adept at freestyle, backstroke and butterfly swimming. She was the lone swimmer representing India at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. She was awarded the Arjuna award in 2005. Shikha holds more than seven national records in swimming along with several other accolades. She was adjudged “Best Swimmer” at the 57th National Aquatic Championships. Her long journey in Indian sports has been truly inspirational. Shikha’s natural beauty and her distinguished features are indeed adorable.
4. Tania Sachdev
Tania, a chess prodigy, won her first international title when she was just eight. Born on 20th August, 1986 in Delhi and a graduate from Delhi University, she has been the Asian Under-14, Junior and Senior Champion. She has also won the national Indian Women Championship in 2006 and 2007, and was runner-up in 2008. She was awarded the Arjuna award in 2009. Tania was seen on the ramp in Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in New Delhi in 2009, where she showcased the unique creations of famous designers lik Sanjana Jon, Ashima and Leela Singh.
5. Saina Nehwal
Here comes the most awaited heart-throb of the nation – Saina Nehwal. Ranked No. 2 by the Badminton World Federation, Saina will be felicitated with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award on 29th August, 2010. Saina is the first Indian woman to reach the singles quarter-finals at the Olympics and the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championships. Saina recently achieved a hat-trick by winning the Singapore Open, Indian Open Grand Prix Gold and Indonesian Open in succession. Due to her natural beauty and extraordinary confidence, she is often seen on ramps. She was the main attraction of the Hyderabad Fashion Week which was held recently.
6. Sharmila Nicollet
Do you remember this 19-year-old lass? She finished a whopping 14 shots at the end of the 2010-11 Hero Honda Women’s Professional Golf Tour of India on 6th August, 2010. Last season, she was the winner of this event. For now she has won the first event of the season and set herself up to retain the Order of Merit she won in the previous season.
7. Sonika Kaliraman
Sonika is the only female wrestler who has represented India in the Asian Games. Originally from Haryana, Sonika grew up in New Delhi where she was trained by her father, the legendary wrestler Master Chandgi Ram. Her brother Jagdish is also a promising wrestler. Sonika is proud to belong to a family of wrestlers. It was her father who encouraged her to excel in the game. Sonika is married to Siddhart Malik, an NRI, and is now happily settled in California, USA. She has been featured in Khatron Ke Khiladi with Bollywood star Akshay Kumar. Speaking about her experience in the show, she was thrilled by the new experience on the show as the 13 participants had to perform tricky and challenging stunts to overcome their fears. The act was thus inspiring for all the women across the nation.
8. Jwala Gutta
Jwala Gutta is a badminton ace of mixed Chinese-Indian origin who has won the National Badminton Championship seven times. Her first international badminton event was in 2002, when she played at the Uber Cup tournament. She won the 2006 Sri Lanka International Satellite tournament and in 2007 she won the Cyprus International Badminton tournament. She even won the Pakistan Challenge International tournament and the Indian International Badminton tournament. She is popular amongst her fans due to her dynamism and agility.
9. Shikha Uberoi
An Indo-American tennis player for India in spite of being an American citizen, Shikha Uberoi was born on April 5, 1983 to parents Mahesh and Madhu. She began playing tennis at the age of six. She indulged herself in the game at Saddlebrook Resort and also at the Bollettieri and Hopman Academies. She made her Gland Slam debut at the US Open in 2004. Shikha has three ITF Women’s Circuit singles titles to her name.
10. Sania Mirza
Sania was the first Indian woman to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament, at the 2005 US Open. She won the mixed doubles event at the 2009 Australian Open, where she was paired with Mahesh Bhupathi, thus becoming the first Indian woman to win a Grand Slam title. In the 2006 Doha Asian Games, Mirza won silver in the women’s singles category and gold in the mixed doubles, partnering Leander Paes. Mirza has been honoured with the prestigious Padma Shri award in 2006 and the Arjuna Award in 2004. Mirza’s charismatic beauty and unique dressing style have often led her to controversies. In spite of the controversies, she has maintained her self confidence and her charm, which eventually led her to the glamour world. She is the brand ambassador of top brands like Adidas, Tvs Scooty Pep, Hundai Getz and a lot more. Mirza is often seen on the ramp for famous designers Rohit Bal, Rocky S and Simi Chandok.