Mixed doubles specialist V Diju became the first badminton player from the state to play in the final of a Super Series event finishing runnerup pairing Jwala Gutta (AP) in the Malaysian leg of the world tour.in final match they played against World Championship bronze medallists Christinna Pedersen and Joaquim Nielsen(21-14, 21-18). The team is currently ranked number 7 in the world.
In August 2009, the Diju-Jwala mixed doubles pair became the first Indians to enter the quarterfinals of World Badminton Championship. The Championships was held at Hyderabad, India. The duo, seeded 8th, got a bye in the first round followed by a walkover in the second. In the third round they defeated 12th seed polish pair of Robert Mateusiak and Nadiezda Kostiuczyk21-11 22-20 in a 31-minute clash. In the quarterfinal they went down to defending champions and second seeds Nova Widianto and Lilyana Natsir of Indonesia. The Indian pair was beaten 16-21, 14-21 in 27 minutes.
On 30 August 2009, Diju partnering Jwala Gutta became the first Indian badminton mixed doubles pair to win a Grand Prix Gold title. They defeatedIndonesia’s Hendra Gunawan and Vita Marissa 24-22, 21-18 in the Chinese Taipei Open final.In the quartefinal, the world No. 7 pair and third seed in the tournament, defeated Korean pair Shin Baek-Cheol and Yoo Hyun-Young and in the semi-final Diju and Gutta prevailed over Malaysians Liu Ying Goh and Peng Soon Chan 21-11, 17-21, 24-22.