P. V. Sindhu
|P. V. Sindhu|
|Birth name||P. V. Sindhu|
5 July 1995 |
Hyderabad, Telangana, India
|Height||5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m)|
|Highest ranking||9 (13 March 2014)|
|Current ranking||12 (23 April 2015 (53255))|
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu (Telugu: సింధూ; born 5 July 1995) is an Indian badminton player. She trains at Hyderabad's Gopichand Badminton Academy and is supported by Olympic Gold Quest, a not-for-profit foundation that identifies and supports Indian athletes.
On 10 August 2013, Sindhu became the first ever Indian woman to win a medal in singles at the World Championships (India's first singles medal since Prakash Padukone won bronze in 1983). In 2015, She received India's fourth highest civilian honor Padma Shri awarded on 30 March 2015. She broke into the top 20 in the Badminton World Federation rankings which were released on 21 September 2012. She is also ranked 3 in the BWF Junior Rankings.
Sindhu's father Ramanna is himself an Arjuna Awardee. Ramanna represented India in Volleyball.
Childhood and early training
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu was born to P. V. Ramana and P. Vijaya – both former volleyball players. Ramana also won the Government of India-instituted 2000 Arjuna Award for his sport. Though her parents played professional volleyball, Sindhu chose badminton over it because she drew inspiration from the success of Pullela Gopichand, the 2001 All England Open Badminton Champion. She eventually started playing badminton from the age of eight.
Sindhu first learned the basics of the sport with the guidance of Mehboob Ali at the badminton courts of Indian Railway Institute of Signal Engineering and Telecommunications in Secunderabad. Soon after she joined Pullela Gopichand's badminton academy. While profiling Sindhu's career, a correspondent with The Hindu wrote:
The fact that she reports on time at the coaching camps daily, travelling a distance of 56 km from her residence, is perhaps a reflection of her willingness to complete her desire to be a good badminton player with the required hard work and commitment.
Gopichand seconded this correspondent's opinion when he said that "the most striking feature in Sindhu's game is her attitude and the never-say-die spirit." After joining Gopichand's badminton academy, Sindhu won several titles. In the under-10 years category, she won the 5th Servo All India ranking championship in the doubles category and the singles title at the Ambuja Cement All India ranking. In the under-13 years category, Sindhu won the singles title at the Sub-juniors in Pondicherry, doubles titles at the Krishna Khaitan All India Tournament, IOC All India Ranking, the Sub-Junior Nationals and the All India Ranking in Pune. She also won the under-14 team gold medal at the 51st National School Games in India.
In the international circuit, Sindhu was a bronze medallist at the 2009 Sub-Junior Asian Badminton Championships held in Colombo. At the 2010 Iran Fajr International Badminton Challenge, she won the silver medal in the singles category. Sindhu reached the quarterfinals of the 2010 Junior World Badminton Championships that was held in Mexico. She was a team member in India's national team at the 2010 Uber Cup.
On 14 June 2012, Sindhu lost to Germany's Juliane Schenk in Indonesia Open, 21–14, 21–14 . On 7 July 2012, she won Asia Youth Under 19 Championship beating Japanese Player Nozomi Okuhara in final by 18–21, 21–17, 22–20. In the 2012 Li Ning China Masters Super Series tournament she stunned London 2012 Olympics gold medallist Li Xuerui of China, beating her 21–19, 9–21, 21–16 and entered the semifinals but lost to 4th seeded Jiang Yanjiao of China by 10–21, 21–14, 19–21 in the semifinals. A lot was expected from Sindhu in the Japan Open after her exploits in the China Open, given China pulled many of its players out of the tournament citing security reasons. But she bowed out in the second round to Korean shuttler Bae Yeon Ju for 21–10, 12–21, 18–21.
Sindhu then went on to participate in the 77th Senior National Badminton Championships held at Srinagar. She was defeated in the finals by Sayali Gokhale for 15–21, 21–15, 15–21. It was later revealed that Sindhu injured her knee in the China Open and she carried this injury through the Japan Open and the nationals. She decided to skip the World Junior Championships so as not to aggravate the injury.
Sindhu finished runner-up in the Syed Modi India Grand Prix Gold event held in Lucknow in December 2012. She didn't lose a single set coming into the final, but was upset by the Indonesian Linda Weni Fanetri for 21–15, 18–21, 21–18. She reached her career best ranking of 15.
She won Malaysian open title 2013, beating her opponent from Singapore Juan Gu by 21–17,17–21,21–19. This is Sindhu's maiden Grand Prix Gold title.
PV Sindhu on 8 August 2013 defeated the defending champion, second-seeded Wang Yihan of China, to enter the women's quarterfinals at the Badminton world championships. The 18-year-old, 10th-seeded Sindhu won 21–18, 23–21 in 54 minutes to set up a meeting with seventh-seeded Chinese player Wang Shixian. She beat Wang Shixian 21–18, 21 – 17 to become India's first medalist in women's singles at the World Championships.
She won Macau Open Grand Prix Gold title by defeating Canada's Michelle Li on December 1, 2013. The top-seeded 18-year-old won the match 21–15 21–12 in 37 minutes. She was awarded Arjun Award by Government of India.
PV Sindhu reached the semifinal stage of Glasgow Commonwealth Games in the women's singles competition, where she eventually lost. PV Sindhu created history by becoming the first Indian to win two back-to-back medals in the World Badminton Championships.
PV Sindhu has reached semifinal of the world cup in Denmark
The world number 11 from Hyderabad showed extraordinary skills and fighting spirit to defeat the second ranked Shixian Wang in three gruelling sets 19-21, 21-19, 21-15, with the match lasting more than an hour at Copenhagen. She had earlier defeated World Number 5 South Korean Bae Yeon Ju in the pre-quarters in another battle of attrition 19-21, 22-20, 25-23.
|Korea Open Super Series Premier||Round 2|
|BWF World Junior Championships||Round 3|
|China Open Super Series Premier||Qualification||Semifinals|
|Indonesia Open Super Series Premier||Round 2|
|India Open Super Series||Semifinals||Round 1||Quarterfinals||Semifinals|
|Japan Open Super Series||Round 2|
|India Open Grand Prix Gold||Round 2||Round 2||Silver|
|Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold||Gold|
|BWF World Championships||Bronze||Bronze|
|Macau Open Badminton Championships||Gold||Gold|
Individual titles (3)
|Year||Tournament||Opponent in final||Score|
|2013||Malaysia Open||Gu Juan||21–17, 17–21, 21–19|
|2013||Macau Open||Michelle Li||21–15, 21–12|
|2014||Macau Open||Kim Hyo-min||21–12, 21–17|
- Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India, in 2015.
- FICCI Breakthrough Sportsperson of the Year 2014
- NDTV Indian of the Year 2014.
- P. V. Sindhu at Olympic Gold Quest
- P. V. Sindhu at Gopichand Badminton Academy
- P. V. Sindhu at tournamentsoftware.com
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