If not a badminton player, you would have been...
I was meritorious student, but I opted wholeheartedly for sports. Otherwise, I could have been a doctor or an engineer.
What's your fitness regime like?
It's a mix of various techniques essential to keep me fit to play badminton.
One thing you can never have enough of.
Racquets are a part of my sporting life.
What's on your bedside table?
An alarm clock, because I like waking up early.
A song that always lifts your spirits.
I am not very interested in songs, but something like Chak de! India is very motivating.
A badminton player you wish you could partner with.
What for? I am an individual singles player.
The toughest opponent that you have faced.
If I'm playing well, then no one is tough to handle. I have fought the odds and won on several occasions.
The craziest thing that a fan has done for you.
There are several fans who come to see every single match I play, which is the most amazing thing that they do for me.
If you were to star in a movie, who would you want to act opposite you?
Shah Rukh Khan, as I like his acting skills.
Your idea of a great weekend
To sleep for a few extra hours, enjoy good food and exercise.
Which superhero would you like to be and why?
My father is my superhero. I would like to be like him.
One food craving you wish you could indulge in.
Very simple north Indian vegetarian food.
One thing nobody knows about you.
That I am an open book.
Your favourite destination.
I like Singapore.
Who are you closest to?
My parents and my pet dog called Chopsee.
The last line of your autobiography would read…
A humble badminton player from India...
BIRTHDAY: March 17
SUN SIGN: Pisces
Place of birth: Hisar, Haryana
School/college: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Vidayashram and Saint Ann's Girls College, Mehdipatnam, Hyderabad
First break: Going on the junior inter-national tour and winning the Czechoslovakia Open in 2003
High point of your life: Attaining the World Number 2 BWF ranking in 2010
Low point of your life: I am a player, so wins and losses are a part of life
Curently I am...Happy after winning the Australian Open. Besides playing for India, I am also the brand ambassador for Usha International
From HT Brunch, July 6
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