PV Sindhu scripted history at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games becoming the first Indian woman to win aSilver medal at the Olympic Games. With this win, she also became the first Indian shuttler to reach the final of an Olympics badminton event and the youngest Indian to make a podium finish in an individual event at the Olympic Games.
Born to Volleyball player parents P. V. Ramana and P. Vijaya, Sindhu aspired to become a Badminton player after she drew inspiration from Pullela Gopichand's victory in All England Open Badminton Championship in 2001. Learning the basics from Mehboob Ali, she moved to Gopichand Badminton Academy soon after.
“The most striking feature in Sindhu's game is her attitude and the never-say-die spirit," says the proud coach Gopichand about his protégé’s dedication and commitment to the sport. Travelling 56 kms every day, training from 4:15 am in the morning, the young gun didn’t leave any stone unturned to become one of India’s most successful Olympic athletes.
Her glittering career and stellar achievements bear testimony to her grit and determination. In 2012, she stunned 2012 London Olympic gold medallist Li Xuerui of China, beating her 21–19, 9–21, 21–16 to reach the semifinals of China Masters. She finished the year on a great note by winning the silver medalat the Syed Modi Indian Golden Grand Prix in Lucknow and reached her career best ranking of 15 in the world.
Sindhu began 2013 winning the Malaysian Open title, her first Grand Prix Gold title. Later in the year she became India's first medallist in women's singles at the Badminton World Championships defeatingWang Shixian 21–18, 21–17. She ended the year winning the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold title and was bestowed the Arjuna Award by the President of India.
Next year, she won the bronze medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and bronze medal in the team event at the Asian Games in Incheon. Sindhu rewrote history books when she became the first Indian to win two back-to-back medals in the BWF World Badminton Championships, winning the bronze in the 2014 edition.
In 2015, playing at the Denmark open, she reached her maiden final of a Super Series event. The government of India awarded her the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna after she won the Silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Reaching her career best ranking of 2 in April 2017,Sindhu won the Silver medal at the 2017 Badminton World Championships and became the first Indian to win the Korea Open Super Series title.
‘My gold will come’ says the 22-year-old national sensation. With this indomitable spirit, Sindhu has her eyes set on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
- Silver, World Championship 2017, Glasgow
- Silver Medalist, Rio Olympics 2016
- Winner, Malaysia Masters GPG, Penang, 2015
- Winner, Macau Open GPG, 2015
- Bronze (Team) – Asian Games 2014, Incheon
- Bronze – World Championships 2014, Denmark
- Bronze – Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014
- Bronze – World Championships 2013, China
- Winner, Malaysian Grand Prix Gold, Kuala Lumpur, 2013
- Semi-finalist, Indian Open Super Series, New Delhi, 2013
- Runner Up, Syed Modi Indian Grand Prix Gold, Lucknow, 2012
- Semi-Finalist, China Masters Super Series, Changzhou, 2012
- Winner, Asian Junior Championships, Gimcheon, 2012
- Semi-Finalist, Malaysian Grand Prix Gold, Malaysia, 2012
- Winner, Swiss International Challenge, Bern, 2011
- Runner up, Dutch Open Grand Prix, Almere, 2011
- Winner, Commonwealth Youth Games, Isle of Man, 2011
- Winner, Indonesia International Challenge, Surabaya, 2011
- Winner, Maldives International Challenge, Maldives, 2011
- Bronze Medalist, Asian U-19 Championships, Lucknow, 2011
- Bronze Medalist, Doubles, ANA Badminton Asia Youth U17, Chiba, Japan, 2010
- Quarter-finalist, Uber Cup, Malaysia, 2010
- Quarter-finalist, Junior World Championship, Malaysia, 2010
- Runner up, Iran Fajr International Tournament, Iran, 2010
- Bronze Medalist, Sub Junior Asian Badminton Championships, Colombo, 2009
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