Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, known as PV Sindhu, is an Indian professional badminton player and the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal.
Born July 5, 1995 in Hyderabad, Sindhu is also one of two Indian badminton players to have won an Olympic medal, the other being Saina Nehwal.
The shuttle ace gained international attention when she made her debut in the top 20 of the BWF World Rankings in September 2012 at the age of 17 and was in the top 10 of the World Rankings during the major. part of his career.
Sindhu was born to PV Ramana and Vijaya in Hyderabad. Both of her parents were national level volleyball players. Sindhu started playing badminton at the age of eight, then joined the Gopichand Badminton Academy.
Sindhu’s first major recognition came in the form of the 5th Servo All India Ranking Championship in the Under 10 category. In the Under 13 category, she won the doubles titles at the National Sub Juniors and All India Ranking in Pune. At the 51st National School Games in India, she won the gold medal in the under 14 category.
Sindhu made his international debut in 2009 at the Asian Sub-Junior Badminton Championships and announced his arrival on the badminton circuit with a bronze medal in his first international competition.
She finished second at the 2010 Iran Fajr International Badminton Challenge and reached the quarterfinals of the 2010 World Junior Badminton Championships in Mexico. At 17, she won the Asian Junior Championships.
She finished second at the 2010 Iran Fajr International Badminton Challenge and reached the quarterfinals at the 2010 World Junior Badminton Championships in Mexico. At 17, she won the Asian Junior Championships.
In 2013, she won her first Grand Prix victory by beating Gu Juan of Singapore. At the World Championships in 2013, Sindhu won a bronze medal and also repeated the feat the following year.
In the same year, she received the Arjuna Prize, one of the highest honors bestowed on a sportsman in India.
She competed at the Commonwealth Games in 2014, where she reached the semi-finals after losing to Michelle Li of Canada. She became the first Indian woman to win two consecutive medals at the BWF World Badminton Championships after her bronze medal at the 2014 BWF World Championships.
In October 2015, she reached the Danish Open final beating three seeds, Tai Tzu-Ying, Wang Yihan and Carolina Marin, but lost to defending champion Li Xuerui. In November, she won her third straight women’s singles title at the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold.
The biggest moment in Sindhu’s career came in 2016, when she became the youngest and first Indian athlete to win a silver medal at the Rio Olympics. Later that year, she received India’s 4th highest civilian honor, the Padma Shri Award.
In 2017, Sindhu won the Indian Open Super Series and went on to add a silver medal at the BWF World Championships. After reaching the final of the 2018 World Championships, she became the first commuter in the world to reach the finals of three successive major events.
However, the gold medal remained elusive and she had to settle for a silver medal every time.
Under coach Pullela Gopichand, the shuttlecock ace reached 6th place in the World Badminton Federation.
In 2018, Sindhu reached the top 4 at the All England Open, before losing to world number 3 Akane Yamaguchi in the semi-finals.
Sindhu competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, winning gold in the mixed team event and a silver medal in the women’s singles event.
Sindhu at the 2018 World Championships won his second straight silver medal and his fourth overall. On December 16, 2018, Sindhu made history as the first Indian to win the BWF World Tour Finals season-ending tournament in Guangzhou, China.
With earnings of $ 8.5 million, Sindhu was ranked seventh in Forbes’ list of highest paid female athletes in 2018 based on prize money winnings and mentions between June 2017 and June 2018.
Sindhu clinched the silver title at the 2018 Asian Games after losing to world number one Tai Tzu-Ying in Jakarta. Sindhu captured a historic silver medal in the women’s singles badminton event by becoming the first Indian to finish second on the Asian Games podium.
Sindhu was brought in by defending champions Hyderabad Hunters at the 2018 PBL auction and was named skipper. She led the team to the semi-finals, where they lost to the Mumbai Rockets.
Sindhu then reached the quarterfinals of the Indonesia Masters 2019, where she lost to Carolina Marin in two consecutive matches.
The biggest disappointment for Sindhu turned out to be his very first round loss of the All England Open 2019 to Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun in a thriller match.