There will soon be another badminton couple as reigning national women’s singles champion Sayali Gokhale is set to tie the knot with former badminton player Sagar Chopda.
The wedding is said to take place on December 28 in Pune, where Sayali is from. Sagar is currently based in Mumbai.
Most members of the Indian badminton fraternity are expected to be present at the function to wish the couple well.
Sayali, 25, and Sagar, 26, have known each other for a very long time having played together since their sub-junior days. That on-court relationship is all set to continue off the court as well, as the couple who have been seeing each other for the last few years, got engaged in Pune a few weeks earlier.
Sayali, a two-time national champion, is currently taking part in the Tata Open in Mumbai. She won her first title in 2008 at Indore and her second came last year in Srinagar, where she beat the up-and-coming PV Sindhu.
Before her marriage though, Sayali will look to defend her crown at the 78th Senior National Badminton Championships which are to be held in Delhi between December 16th and 23rd.
Sagar was a good badminton player himself, before injuries and four knee surgeries put paid to his shuttling career. He was employed by Bharat Petroleum in his playing days. After the latest of his surgeries last year though, Sagar decided to quit playing the game and is now into coaching youngsters in Mumbai.
Sayali and Sagar will be the latest additions to a long list of couples who shared the badminton space together. Pullela Gopichand married former national champion PVV Laxmi, Uday Pawar married Sujatha, Madhumita Bisht likewise tied the knot with Vikram Singh and recently Trupti Murgunde wed Abhijeet Naimpally, to highlight the notable ones.