Aparna Popat (born January 18, 1978) is an Indian badminton player.
Aparna Popat was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra into a Gujarati family of Lalji Popat and Heena Popat. She studied at the J.B.Petit School in Mumbai, and her Pre university from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. Aparna also holds a Bachelors degree in Commerce from the Mumbai University.
Aparna started playing badminton at the age of 8 and by the time she was 13, winning National level and State level tournaments became a habit. While in Mumbai, she was trained by Anil Pradhan for 10 years. As a child while she was playing in a garden, when Anil Pradhan saw a spark in the girl and approached her parents and said "Give me this girl and I will put her on the Indian map of Badminton". True to his commitment he made a champion of her. He has also to his credit 3 national champions—Jyothi Sanghi, Radhika Bose. Radhika Bose was his first student who became a national champion. Under his able guidance, she developed the skill required to face many challenges of the game. After that, she shifted to Prakash Padukone’s Badminton Academy in Bangalore in 1994 to extend her ability. Aparna regards Prakash as her role model.
She captured her first senior national title, defeating Manjusha Pawangadkar at Pune in 1998. Aparna has been winning... Read More