P.V. Sindhu is an Indian badminton player. Her full name is Pusarla Venkata Sindhu. Sindhu is one of the only two Indian badminton players who has won an Olympic medal. Only two sportspeople have won an Olympic medal for India, the first one is
, while P.V. Sindhu is the second. She is also the first woman to get Silver for India in Olympics. Sindu made the nation proud in the Commonwealth Games 2018 and won silver.
In 2015, she got awarded with the Padma Shri, India’s 4th highest civilian honor. She stands 2nd in the BWF World Rankings for badminton players. P.V. Sindhu took birth in Hyderabad, India. Her parents P. Vijaya and P.V. Ramana have played national level volleyball.
Her father was in the team that won bronze at 1986 Seoul Asian Games; he is also an Arjuna Award winner. Sindhu’s elder sister P.V Divya was a handball player, but later she became a doctor. P.V Sindhu chose Badminton over Volleyball as she got inspired by Pullela Gopichand. She started playing at the age of eight and got training from Mehbood Ali.
She practiced at the badminton courts of RISET in Secundrabad. Later, Sindu joined the Gopichand Academy of Badminton in Hyderabad. She traveled 56kms to reach the institute. Sindu honed her skills and won several titles. She grabbed the 5th Servo All India Championship and All India Ambuja Cement Rankings in the under-10 category. She won the sub-juniors event in Pondicherry and won doubles at IOC, Sub-Junior Nationals, and All India Ranking in Pune. At 51st School Games, Sindhu bagged the gold medal.
In 2009, Sindu moved overseas and won the bronze at Asian Badminton Championships, Colombo. A year later, she came home with silver from the Iran Fajr International Badminton Challenge. Sindu also reached the quarter-finals of Junior World Badminton Championship, Mexico and became a part of the national team at the 2010 Uber Cup. In September 2012, she broke into the best 20 of the BWF World Ranking.
In 2013, she won a medal at BWF's Badminton World Championships, making her the first Indian woman to do so. In 2015, she got awarded with the Padma Shri, India’s 4th highest civilian honor. 2016 became the best year for P.V. Sindhu; in Rio Summer Olympics she became the first woman to get Silver for India in Olympics. She finished 2nd at BWF World Championships in 2017 and ‘18.