Jwala pips Saina in popularity charts

Kolkata: Jwala Gutta, who has remarkably improved upon her fitness, has pipped fellow shuttler Saina Nehwal to emerge as the latest Indian badminton sensation on the popularity charts, revealed a survey by search engine giant Google.

The 2010 Commonwealth Games doubles champion received 80 hits to 64 of Saina, who is seen as India`s best medal bet in the badminton event of the London Olympics.

The two Indians were compared in a survey using `Google Insights for Search` in the last seven days.

But overall, it`s tennis stalwart Sania Mirza who is favourite among the netizens as she has received the maximum number of hits -- 84.

When compared to other members of the Indian tennis team -- Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi, Rohan Bopanna, Somdev Devvarman and Vishnu Vardhan -- again it was Sania, who emerged the most popular.

Sania also towered over Jwala winning by a 51-31 margin.