Sania, Saina to be awarded Padma Bhushan; Padma Shri for archer Deepika
Women dominated this year's Padma awards for Sports with Tennis star Sania Mirza and Ace Shuttler Saina Nehwal getting the nod for the Padma Bhushan, while archer Deepika Kumari was chosen for the Padma Shri.
All three were in sublime touch last year and brought the country laurels in their respective sports.
Sania enjoyed the most sensational run, clinching nine titles -- including two Grand Slams last year with Swiss great Martina Hingis. The exceptional performances propelled her to the top of the WTA doubles rankings.
Saina has also been in spectacular touch, winning silver medals at the All England and World Badminton Championship last year besides clinching the India Open Super Series and Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold.
Deepika, on the other hand, won a silver at the Archery World Cup Final besides bronze medals at the World Cup Stage II and the Asian Team Championships.
Both Hyderabad girls, Saina & Sania have previously been awarded the Arjuna and the Padma Shri. While Saina received the Arjuna in 2009 and the Padma Shri the next year; the government conferred Sania with the sports prize in 2004 and the Padma Shri in 2006. They have both received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna too, the shuttler in 2009-10 and the tennis player last year.