Parupalli Kashyap is a badminton player from India who is currently ranked No. 9 in the world. Following a short stint at Padukone Academy, Kashyap continued his training at the Gopichand Academy under Pullela Gopichand, a former All England Open Badminton champion. In 2005, Kashyap represented Andhra Pradesh and won the boys' singles title at the National Junior Open Badminton Championship. Subsequently, he appeared in a number of international tournaments. In 2006, he defeated the then world number 19 Przemysław Wacha at the Bitburger Open to reach the semifinals. At the 33rd National Games, Kashyap defeated the then National champion Chetan Anand to win a gold medal for Andhra Pradesh. Keeping up his strong form, he won bronze medals at the 2008 Dutch Open and 2009 Senior National Badminton Championships. At the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Kashyap won the bronze medal for India, after which he made it to the semi-finals of the Indian Open Grand Prix. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Kashyap lost to top seed Lee Chong Wei in the quarterfinals, creating history in the process as he became the first Indian to reach that stage in the Olympics.
On 15th June 2012, Parupalli Kashyap cruised into the semifinals of 2012 Djaram Indonesia Open after upsetting world no. 3 Chen Long and world no. 16 Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark in the men's singles competition in Jakarta, but then lost in the semis.