Parupalli Kashyap

Parupalli Kashyap (born 8 September 1986) is a badminton player from India. He trains at Gopichand Badminton Academy. He was awarded the Arjuna Award by Government of India in 2012.[1][2]

Parupalli Kashyap
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Personal information
Birth nameParupalli Kashyap
Country India
Born (1986-09-08) 8 September 1986 (age 34)
ResidenceHyderabad, India
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
CoachPullela Gopichand
Men's singles
Career title(s)3
Highest ranking6 (25 April 2013)
Current ranking23 (26 November 2019)
BWF profile

He created history by reaching the quarter-finals of men's singles at 2012 London Olympics, being the first male player from India to do so. At the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, he won the gold medal in men's singles. Kashyap was the Icon Player for the Indian Badminton League team, Banga Beats in 2013 edition.

He married fellow badminton player, Saina Nehwal in a private ceremony on 14 December 2018.[3]

Early life (1997–2004)Edit

Born to Uday Shankar and Subhadra of Guntur,[2] as an 11-year-old, Kashyap Parupalli first enrolled with a training camp conducted by S. M. Arif in Hyderabad, India. Because his father had a transferable job, their family kept moving frequently. While in Bangalore, he joined the Padukone Academy. In 2004, they moved back to Hyderabad. Soon after, Kashyap was diagnosed with asthma after a few medical tests.[4] Kashyap felt that his stay in Bangalore during 2000–03 might have aggravated the condition. Though the diagnosis came as a shock to him and he thought that his playing career was finished, he put in a lot of effort with determination to overcome the problem.[5] Using appropriate medication, his condition began to improve dramatically. He continued his training at the Gopichand Academy under Pullela Gopichand, a former All England Open champion.[4]

Professional careerEdit


In 2005, Kashyap represented Andhra Pradesh and won the a boys' singles title at the National Junior Open Badminton Championships.[6] From 2006 onwards, he started to appear at international tournaments. In that year's Hong Kong Open, he caused an upset by defeating the then world number 19 Przemysław Wacha in the pre-quarterfinals; he lost the next round though.[7] A few months later, he defeated Wacha again at the Bitburger Open to reach the semifinals. In 2006, his world ranking improved from outside the 100 to 64. Coach Gopichand was happy at the win and felt that it was a good sign that Kashyap was winning his important matches against higher-ranked players.[8] In the same year, Kashyap was chosen to represent India at the 2006 Asian Games.[9] At the 33rd National Games, Kashyap defeated the then National champion Chetan Anand to win a gold medal for Andhra Pradesh.[10] Between 2006–07, Kashyap won a few national tournaments as well.[11][12]

In 2009, Kashyap was a semifinalist at the Dutch Open and the 2009 Senior National Badminton Championships.[13] In the same year, he was the runners-up at the Thailand International,[14] Spanish Open and Toulouse Open.[15] At the 2009 Singapore Super Series, Kashyap was the semifinalist.[16]

2010 Commonwealth GamesEdit

At the 2010 Commonwealth Games, he reached the semifinals stage but lost to Rajiv Ouseph of England. He won the bronze medal against chetan Anand.[17] He also played a crucial role in India winning a silver medal in the Team Event of 2010 Commonwealth Games

Kashyap (centre) at the presentation ceremony, Commonwealth Games-2010

He also reached the semi-finals at the 2010 Indian Open Grand Prix Gold[18] where he lost out to compatriot Gurusai Datt. He lost out to Arvind Bhat in the finals of the 75th Senior National Badminton Championship held at Rohtak in 2011.[19]

Kashyap reached the semifinal stage of 2012 Djaram Indonesia Open in the men's singles competition, where he eventually lost. En route to the semifinals, he upset world number 3 Chen Long and world number 16 Hans-Kristian Vittinghus.[20]

2012 Summer OlympicsEdit

Kashyap and his coach Pullela Gopichand at the 2012 Summer Olympics

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Kashyap surprised one and all by winning all his matches at the group stage, which involved the shocking defeat of Nguyen Tien Minh. In the Pre-quarters he defeated Niluka Karunaratne of Sri Lanka by 21–16, 15–21, 21–14. In the Quarterfinals, it was disappointment as a dejected looking Kashyap was escorted out of the court after his loss to top seed Lee Chong Wei in straight sets. In the process, he created history by becoming the only Indian to reach the Quarterfinal stages in the Olympics in Men's Singles.[21] This achievement led him to 19th rank.[22]

Later his victory in the Indian Open Grand Prix Gold 2012 led him to a career best ranking of 14.[23] His success in Korea in 2013 led his rank up to 10.On 31 January 2013 he achieved a ranking of 9.[24] He reached the quarterfinals in the Swiss open which led him to a ranking of 7 as per the rankings provided by BWF on 14 March. He moved up to a career best ranking of 6 after his first round match against Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia.[25]


Recovering from a couple of "freak injuries" Kashyap started the year winning the first round match against Germany's Marc Zwiebler in Malaysia Open but he lost in the very next round to the number 3 seed Jan O Jorgensen. In the Indian Open Grand Prix gold Tournament also his performance was not very satisfactory as the defending champion lost in the quarterfinals to Zulfadli Zulkiffli. Kashyap's ranking was declining steadily until he reached the Semifinal stages of the 2014 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold.

One of the biggest victories for Kashyap came in the 2014 India Super Series when he beat the Chinese world number 6 Wang Zhengming, 12–21 21–17 12–21. He extended Indian hopes till the Quarterfinals where he lost out to top seed Lee Chong Wei. The 2014 Commonwealth Games was a halt to a steady decline in form for Kashyap as he lost almost all the subsequent matches after his home tournament. But there was more disappointment waiting for Kashyap as he lost in the very first round of 2014 BWF World Championships to Dieter Domke. Even in Asian Games 2014 he was a huge disappointment as he lost in the second round. He was widely criticized for not showing good fighting spirit in his second round match against top seed Lee Chong Wei which was quite uncharacteristic of Kashyap.

Despite all these disappointing losses Kashyap managed to return to form in the 2014 Denmark Super Series Premier where he reached the semifinal stages. En route to the Semifinals, he upset world number 3 Jan Ø. Jørgensen his second win against the Dane. In the very next tournament that he played, he beat world number 4, Kenichi Tago and world number 9, Tian Houwei in consecutive rounds thus reaching the quarterfinals of 2014 French Super Series. He continued his great form in the 2014 China Open Super Series Premier where he reached the Quarterfinal stages. Back to back quarterfinal appearances in Superseries Events helped Kashyap to jump up in the Destination Dubai rankings, but unfortunately another first round loss in the 2014 Hong Kong Super Series saw Kashyap drop from 11 in the Destination Dubai ranking to 14.

2014 Commonwealth GamesEdit

Kashyap was seeded second at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. As expected Kashyap crashed into the Men's Singles finals. His route to the final was not quiet easy. In the Semifinal match against Rajiv Ouseph of England, he played out of his skin to avenge his loss in the 2010 Commonwealth Games semifinal and also in the mixed team event, where India eventually finished in the fourth position. In the finals, in intense three games he defeated Derek Wong of Singapore 21–14, 11–21, 21–19 and thus won a historic gold medal for India.[26] The gold medal in men's singles came after a long wait of 32 years, allowing Kashyap to see his name written amongst two legends of Indian Badminton who were also former gold medalists in the same event, Prakash Padukone in 1978, followed by Syed Modi in 1982.[27][28]


Despite promising nothing lesser than a podium finish, Kashyap started the year on a disappointing note, losing out to Derek Wong in the pre-quarters of 2015 Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold. But it was a completely different story at the India Open Grand Prix Gold 2015 where Kashyap defeated compatriot Srikanth Kidambi 23–21, 23–21 in an intense final. But the real challenge of the tournament was from Viktor Axelsen in the semi-finals. Kashyap was made to sweat against the tall Danish player. It was a highly interesting match till the last game when Axelsen ran out of steam and surrendering 18–21, 22–20, 21–7 to Kashyap. Kashyap's woes continued in the Superseries events as he lost out in the first round of the 2015 All England Super Series Premier. In the home Superseries event too kashyap's failed to reach the quarterfinal's bowing out to Xue Song of China in straight games in the prequarters.


Commonwealth GamesEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2014 Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland   Derek Wong 21–14, 11–21, 21–19   Gold
2010 Siri Fort Sports Complex, New Delhi, India   Chetan Buradagunta 21–15, 21–18   Bronze

BWF World Tour (1 runner-up)Edit

The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[29] is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour are divided into six levels, namely World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.[30]

Men's singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result
2019 Canada Open Super 100   Li Shifeng 22–20, 14–21, 17–21   Runner-up

BWF Grand Prix (2 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit

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.

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2017 U.S. Open   H.S. Prannoy 15–21, 22–20, 12–21   Runner-up
2015 Syed Modi International   Srikanth Kidambi 23–21, 23–21   Winner
2012 Syed Modi International   Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 21–9, 14–21, 21–17   Winner
  BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
  BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series (1 title, 3 runners-up)Edit

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2018 Austrian International   Cheam June Wei 23–21, 21–14   Winner
2009 Le Volant d'Or de Toulouse   Rajiv Ouseph 11–21, 12–21   Runner-up
2009 Spanish International   Hans-Kristian Vittinghus 10–21, 16–21   Runner-up
2009 Smiling Fish International   Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 21–23, 14–21   Runner-up
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series tournament

Performance in Super Series eventsEdit

Year Tournament Result
2010 2010 Singapore Super Series Semi-Final
2014 and 2012 2014 China Open Super Series Premier Quarterfinal
2014 2014 French Super Series Quarterfinal
2014 2014 Denmark Super Series Premier Semi-Final
2013 2013 All England Super Series Premier Quarterfinal
2012 2012 Indonesia Super Series Premier Semi-Final
2012, 2019 2012 India Super Series Semi-Final
2015, 2014 and 2013 Malaysia Open Superseries Premier Pre-Quarters

Awards, rewards and recognitionEdit

For the gold medal at 2014 Commonwealth Games

Record against selected opponentsEdit

Includes results against Olympic quarterfinals, Worlds semifinalists, and Super Series finalists, as well as all Olympic opponents.[33]


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  33. ^ Tournaments of Parupalli Kashyap

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