Aparna Balan (born 9 August 1986) is an Indian badminton player from Kozhikode, Kerala.[1] She was part of the national team that won the silver medal in 2010 Commonwealth Games, also gold medals in 2004, 2006 and 2010 South Asian Games. She is 6 times National Champion in mixed doubles and 3 times National Champion in women's doubles. She represented India in many international badminton tournaments.

Aparna Balan
Personal information
Country India
Born (1986-08-09) 9 August 1986 (age 33)
Kozhikode, Kerala, India
Height1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
HandednessRight
Women's & mixed doubles
Highest ranking26 (WD 1 July 2010)
41 (XD 20 November 2014)
BWF profile

CareerEdit

In 2006, she won the national mixed doubles title partnering with V. Diju.[2] At the same year, she competed at the 2006 South Asian Games and won two silver medals in the women's and mixed doubles event.[3] In 2010 South Asian Games, Balan won the women's doubles gold with Shruti Kurien and mixed doubles silver with Sanave Thomas.[4]

AchievementsEdit

South Asian GamesEdit

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Wooden-Floor Gymnasium,
Dhaka, Bangladesh
  Shruti Kurien   P. C. Thulasi
  Ashwini Ponnappa
21–19, 22–20   Gold
2006 Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium,
Colombo, Sri Lanka
  B. R. Meenakshi   Jwala Gutta
  Shruti Kurien
21–18, 21–23, 12–21   Silver

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Wooden-Floor Gymnasium,
Dhaka, Bangladesh
  Sanave Thomas   V. Diju
  Ashwini Ponnappa
11–21, 15–21   Silver
2006 Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium,
Colombo, Sri Lanka
  Thomas Kurien   V. Diju
  Jwala Gutta
11–21, 13–21   Silver

BWF Grand PrixEdit

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels, the BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007.

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 Australian Open   Shruti Kurien   Chia Chi Huang
  Tang He Tian
13–21, 19–21   Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 Syed Modi India Open   Arun Vishnu   Tarun Kona
  Shruti Kurien
21–14, 17–21, 21–19   Winner
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Bangladesh International   Sruthi K.P   Vivian Hoo
  Yap Cheng Wen
14–21, 13–21   Runner-up
2018 Nepal International   Sruthi K.P   Thilini Hendahewa
  Kavidi Sirimannage
21–16, 21–13   Winner
2017 Nepal International   Sruthi K.P   Harika Veludurthi
  Karishma Wadkar
21–8, 21–9   Winner
2014 Tata Open India International   Prajakta Sawant   J. Meghana
  K. Maneesha
21–13, 10–21, 21–13   Winner
2013 Bahrain International Challenge   Sanyogita Ghorpade   Pradnya Gadre
  N. Siki Reddy
13–21, 21–19, 5–21   Runner-up
2013 Bahrain International   Sanyogita Ghorpade   Prajakta Sawant
  Arathi Sara Sunil
21–18, 18–21, 16–21   Runner-up
2012 Tata Open India International   N. Siki Reddy   Lee So-hee
  Shin Seung-chan
21–19, 13–21, 17–21   Runner-up
2011 Bahrain International   N. Siki Reddy   Nicole Grether
  Charmaine Reid
10–21, 19–21   Runner-up
2009 Spanish Open   Shruti Kurien   Line Damkjær Kruse
  Mie Schjøtt-Kristensen
14–21, 21–17, 15–21   Runner-up
2008 Bahrain International   Sampada Sahasrabuddhe   Nicole Grether
  Charmaine Reid
16–21, 13–21   Runner-up
2007 Tata Open India International   Jyotshna Polavarapu   Jwala Gutta
  Shruti Kurien
11–21, 8–21   Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2015 Tata Open India International   Arun Vishnu   Satwiksairaj Rankireddy
  K. Maneesha
13–21, 16–21   Runner-up
2015 Sri Lanka International   Arun Vishnu   Robin Middleton
  Leanne Choo
15–21, 21–17, 21–13   Winner
2013 Bahrain International   Arun Vishnu   V. Diju
  N. Siki Reddy
21–14, 25–23   Winner
2011 Maldives International   Arun Vishnu   Toby Ng
  Grace Gao
21–10, 12–21, 9–21   Runner-up
2010 Tata Open India International   Arun Vishnu   Patipat Chalardchaleam
  Savitree Amitapai
10–21, 15–21   Runner-up
2009 Spanish Open   Arun Vishnu   Robin Middleton
  Mariana Agathangelou
16–21, 15–21   Runner-up
2008 Bahrain International   Arun Vishnu   V. Diju
  Trupti Murgunde
17–21, 21–18, 21–19   Winner
2007 Tata Open India International   Rupesh Kumar   V. Diju
  Jwala Gutta
14–21, 16–21   Runner-up
2007 Pakistan International   V. Diju   Diluka Karunaratne
  Renu Hettiarachchige
21–11, 21–14   Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

Major National AchievementsEdit

  • National champion in mixed doubles 2006
  • National champion in mixed doubles 2007
  • National champion in women doubles 2011
  • National champion in mixed doubles 2012
  • National champion in women doubles 2012
  • National champion in mixed doubles 2013
  • National champion in mixed doubles 2014
  • National champion in mixed doubles 2015
  • National champion in mixed doubles 2016
  • National champion in women doubles 2017
  • National games 2015 mixed doubles gold
  • Premier Badminton League 2016 winners

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Players: Aparna Balan". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Profile of Aparna Balan, Indian Badminton Player in CWG 2010". DelhiSpider.com. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Thushara and Duminda take silver". The Island. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Indian shuttlers rule the roost at South Asian Games". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 June 2017.

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