PV Sindhu is an Indian Badminton player who made her country proud by winning the silver medal in the Rio Olympics 2016. By winning the medal she has not only risen

to gain global acclaim but has once again put her country on a high pedestal, bringing along global recognition. With her dedication to the sport, she has won many important tournaments and has time and again made it to the top 10 ranking of World Badminton players.

NamePV Sindhu
Date of BirthJuly 5, 1995
ParentsP. V. Ramana, P. Vijaya
EducationSt. Ann's College for Women
Net worth$ Million Dollars

Early Life

Pusarla Venkata  Sindhu aka PV Sindhu was born on 5th July 1995. Her parents PV Ramana and P. Vijaya were both volleyball players. In fact, her father has even received the prestigious Arjuna Award for his dedication to the sport.

However, as Sindhu grew up, she was inclined towards badminton, which is why she took up playing the sport at the age of 8. Pullela Gopichand, her present day coach also proved to be an inspiration to her.

She learnt the basics of the game from Mehboob Ali, who coached her at the badminton court in Indian Railway Institute of Signal Engineering and Telecommunications, Secunderabad. Once she had learnt the ropes of the game, she enrolled into Pullela Gopichand’s Badminton Academy in Hyderabad. Here she was trained extensively and learnt the minutest nuances of the game.
Under the tutelage of P Gopichand, PV Sindhu won a number of titles in the under-10, under-13 and under-14 categories.

Badminton Career

Sindhu graduated to professional Badminton and went on to participate in a number of international championships. In 2009, she won a bronze medal at the Sub-Junior Asian Badminton Championship in Colombo. In the year 2010, she participated in the Iran Fajr International Badminton Challenge and won a silver medal in the single match. The same year, she also made it to the quarter finals of the Junior World Badminton Championship.

She made into the semi finals of the 2012 Li Ning China Masters Super Series Tournament after defeating Li Xuerui who had won a gold medal in the London Olympics. In 2013, she won the Malaysian Open with a score of 21-17, 17-21, 21-19.
She entered the quarter finals of the Badminton World Championship after defeating Wang Yihan, who was the defending champion in 2013. She went on to beat Wang Shixian in the finals and became the first woman from India to win the Championship in the singles category.
In 2015, she won the Macau Open Grand Prix for the third consecutive year.

Olympic Dream

Rio Olympics was the first Olympic Games for Sindhu. She made it to the finals after defeating highly ranked opponents. She faced world number 1 player, Carolina Marin in the finals. She proved to be a tough competition but had to settle for silver when Marin won the match for 21-19, 12-21, 15-21. She lost the match but became the first Indian Badminton player to win an Olympic Silver.

Awards Received by Sindhu

In 2013, PV Sindhu was awarded Arjuna Award. She was also awarded the Padma Shri in 2015 and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2016.

Her commiment and never-say-die attitude is an inspiration to all the aspiring sportsmen and sportswomen across the world.