Ace Badminton player Saina Nehwal and her longtime beau Parupalli Kashyap tied the knot today in a private ceremony. For the wedding, Saina chose to wear a pastel blue and pale pink lehenga with minimal detailing. She teamed up her look with subtle makeup, gold jewellery and her hair styled in loose curls. On the other hand, Kashyap chose to colour coordinate with his bride by wearing a pale pink sherwani. The couple took to social media to share the happy news with their fans from the ceremony. It is believed that the two had been dating for over a decade but kept a lid on their affair.

While sharing the pictures, Saina wrote, “Best match of my life ❤️…#justmarried ☺️.”

As soon as the pictures came out, her fans started pouring their fans for the newlywed couple. One user wrote, “Heartly Congratulations on your wedding! May you have a happy married life @NSaina & @parupallik#SainaNehwal #ParupalliKashyap #SainakashyapWedding.” while the other wrote, “Our badminton star @NSaina got the match for her life@BollyPizza #bollypizza #SainaNehwal @SainaNehwalFC @sainanehwal1 #saina #badminton #Sportsperson #SainaNehwalWedding #SainaKiShaadi.”

The two players are the biggest stars in the badminton circuit for India, Saina Nehwal also has an Olympic bronze.

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Earlier, when Saina was asked about the reason for picking December 16 for the wedding date, she said that was the only date the two of them were free.

“I will get busy with the Premier Badminton League from December 20 and then qualifiers for the Tokyo Games will begin. So this was the only date that we had to get married.”

“We started travelling for bigger tours from 2007-08 onwards. We played tournaments together, trained together and slowly, started paying more attention to each other’s matches,” Saina told TOI.

“In the competitive world that we live in, it is difficult to get close to someone. But somehow we both found it very easy to talk to each other, talk about our matches. The feeling gradually grew.”