Pusarla Venkata Sindhu who is 23 years old (born 5 July 1995) is an Indian Professional Badminton player. She was born in Hyderabad to P.V. Ramana and P. Vijaya. Both her parents have been national level volleyball players. Her father, Ramana, who was a member of the Indian volleyball team which won the bronze medal in 1986 Seoul Asian Games and received the Arjuna Award in 2000. Sindhu chose badminton over other games because she drew inspiration from the success of Pullela Gopichand who is her mentor. She eventually started playing badminton from the age of eight.
There is no doubt that shuttler PV Sindhu is one of the greatest players that India has ever seen but when it comes to the world, she might not be right up there just yet.
In the Women’s singles BWF World Championship 2018 at Manjing, China, Sindhu defeated Japanese second seed Akane Yamaguchi in straight games to enter her second consecutive final of the competition. Third seed Sindhu, a three-time World Championships medalist, registered a 21-16, 24-22 win over Yamaguchi in the semi-final clash. In the Finals the Spaniard Marin Carolina, dominated her opponent P.V.Sindhu in the second game, to win her third World Championships gold. Sindhu started off strongly, leading by 14-11 in the first game at one stage. But a lapse in concentration saw her losing five points on the trot, and eventually giving away five points. From there on, the match completely shifted momentum, as Marin just pounced on every opportunity to push for a win. Sindhu lost 21-19, 21-10 in the final and had to settle for a silver medal for the second straight time in World Championships. To make it to the two consecutive finals is a tremendous achievement for a player. Disappointed with the loss, Sindhu said she will work hard and comeback stronger.
She became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal, and one of the two Indian badminton players to win an Olympic medal – other being Saina Nehwal. Sindhu won silver in Women’s singles at Commonwealth Games 2018. She was also a silver medalist at the 2017 BWF World Championships. Pusarla Venkata Sindhu is the only player/pair to play the last three Major Events finals (Olympics 2016, World Championships 2017, World Championships 2018).
She has awards to her credit. She won
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award for badminton in 2013.
- Arjun award for badminton in 2013 and
- Padlma Shri Award, the fourth highest civilian honor in 2016.
We are all proud of you P.V.Sindhu.