Olympic medallist Saina Nehwal has become India's highest-paid sportsperson outside cricket after signing a three-year $7.4m (Dh27.1m) deal with a sports management firm.
The 22-year-old, who is the only non-Chinese competitor in the world top five rankings, became the first Indian to win an Olympic badminton medal, also clinched gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.
"We are proud to be associated with someone who is not only a youth icon for women in the country but has also done a lot for badminton as a sport," said Arun Pandey, chairman and managing director of Rhiti Sports.
"She has placed India on the world map for badminton and changed the outlook of people in India towards the sport."
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