Silver at the Championships in 2017, and silver again in 2018. Well, P. V. Sindhu finally clinch the gold this time, at BWF championship. She becomes the first Indian ever to win a world badminton title. In the past two years, she finished runner-up, but today, she was all over her opponent.
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu is a young Indian professional badminton player who hails from Hyderabad. Born on 5th July 1995, Sindhu has achieved various feats and gained prominence at quite a young age. Her journey in badminton can be termed magical as well as a source of inspiration for the budding talents in the field.
P.V. Sindhu’s parents P.V. Ramana and P. Vijaya were professional voleyball players, with Ramana being a Arjuna awardee for his sport. But Sindhu aspired to be a badminton player, drawing inspiration from the legendary Indian badminton player P. Gopichand who was the winner of 2001 All England Championship. Sindhu started quite young at the age of eight. Sindhu similar to Saina and Jwala commenced her badminton training under the tutelage of revered coach Mehboob Ali at Scendurabad. Later Sindhu joined the prestigious Gopichand Badminton Academy to train and edify her skills under the guidance of P. Gopichand.
There was a significant improvement in Sindhu’s game after joining Gopichand’s badminton academy. At junior level Sindhu won the 5th Servo All India Ranking Championship in the doubles category of U-10 age group. She also won the singles title at the Ambuja cement All India ranking. Similarly, she outshined at various junior level tournaments with notable being the winner of the singles title (U-13 Category) at the sub-juniors held in Pondicherry; doubles title at the Krishna Khaitan All India Tournament and the U-14 team gold medal at the 51st National School games in India.
- In 2009, Sindhu bagged medal at the International level by being a bronze medallist at the sub-junior Asian Badminton Championship which was held in Colombo.
- Sindhu then went on to win Silver medal in the singles event of 2010 Iran Fajr International Badminton Challenge.
- Sindhu also managed to reach the quarterfinals of the 2010 junior world Badminton Championship held in Mexico.
- However, the turning point of her career would undoubtedly be, being the gold medallist in the girls singles at the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games staged in the Isle of Man.
- On 7 July 2012, Sindhu emerged as the winner of Asia Youth U-19 championship.
- In October 2012, the 77th Senior National Badminton Championship was held at Srinagar, where Sindhu reached up to the finals. However, she was defeated by Sayali Gokhale in the finals.
- Year 2013, proved to be remarkable in the career of Sindhu as in May 2013, she won the singles title at Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold, defeating Gu Juan of Singapore by 21-17, 17-21, 21-19
- In the year 2014, Sindhu won the bronze medal at the 2014 Common Wealth games held in Glasgow by defeating Tee Jing Yi of Malaysia in the straight sets of 23-21, 21-9.
- In August 2014, PV Sindhu won another bronze medal in BWF world championships held in Denmark, thus becoming the first Indian to have won two back to back medals in the BWF World ChampionshipsIn October 2015, Sindhu reached the finals of the Denmark Open, defeating stalwarts of the game Tai Tzu-Ying, Wang Yihan and Carolina Marin on the way. Although, she lost to the defending champion Li Xuevri of China by 19-21, 12-21.
- After all these years of heroics, it was ultimately her performance at the Rio Olympics 2016 that made her an overnight sensation and a household name. In Rio 2016, P.V. Sindhu made her way up to the finals along with the top seed from Spain Carolina Marin. She was eventually defeated by the world No. 1 by 21-19, 19-21,21-15 but her grit and efforts were applauded nationwide. In the year 2015, P.V. Sindhu was awarded Padam Shri – India’s fourth highest civilian honour.
- In 2016, she was feciliated with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award – the highest sporting honour in India.
Her journey has just started…she is 24 and has a long long way to go and India awaits her inspiration for years to come.
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