The name PV Sindhu has become synonymous with badminton in India. Sindhu became a household sensation when she won a silver at the Rio Olympics, making the country proud by becoming the first Indian woman to earn a silver medal at the Olympics. Her success in the field of badminton has been monumental, with a career best ranking of no.2, and a current ranking of no. 7.
As PV Sindhu turns 26 today, let us take a look back at her achievements over the years.
PV Sindhu’s journey started early; at just the age of 14
A young Sindhu drew her inspiration from the Pullela Gopichand academy and started to develop and interest in badminton. At the age of 14, she made her mark on the badminton circuit when she won a bronze medal at the Sub-Junior Asian Badminton Championships in Colombo.
Since then she has never looked back, bagging a silver medal at the Iran Fair Badminton International Challenge, and managed to reach the quarter finals of the BWF 2010 World Junior Championships. At the age of 16, Sindhu went to the All England Open, and although she reached the main draw, she lost to Tai Tzu-Ying in three games.
A real victory came for Sindhu when she won the Asian Junior Championships, beating Nozomi Okuhara in the finals. She stunned the world in the Li Ning China Masters, when she beat the 2012 Olympic Gold medallist Li Xueriu by beating her 21–19, 9–21, 21–16.
PV Sindhu’s success at the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games
Sindhu won her first medal at the Asian Championships in 2014, when she beat Busanan Ongbamrungphan in quarterfinal to claim a bronze. She also claimed a bronze that year in the Commonwealth Games, where she first lost to eventual gold medallist Michelle Li, but later won against Tee Jing Ye of Malaysia.
In 2018, She won a silver at the Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast, losing to her teammate Saina Nehwal. She won another silver medal at the 2018 Asian Games, when she lost a hard fought match against Tai Tzu-Ying of Chinese Taipei, a formidable opponent. She also won a silver at the 2018 South Asian Games in Guwahati and Shillong.
There are 5 World Championship Medals to Sindhu’s name
Sindhu’s success at the World Championships has been monumental, winning an a total of five medals from 2014 to 2019.
PV Sindhu won a bronze at the 2013 BWF World Championships in Denmark and later created history by becoming the first Indian to win back to back medals at the World Championships by beating Wang Shixian in quarterfinals in three sets 19–21, 21–19, 21–15; a match which lasted more then an hour.
She bettered her record as she went on to win a silver at the 2017 and the 2018 BWF World Championships coming second only to Carolina Marin and Nozumi Okuhara respectively. Her real moment of success came at the 2019 BWF World Championships in Switzerland, where she finally bagged the gold medal winning against her opponent Nozomi Okuhara who she has faced many times.
Sindhu’s historic Silver Medal at the Rio Olympics
PV Sindhu is most well known for her historic medal at the the Rio Olympics, a long and hard battle which she fought. At Rio Olympics Pusarla was seeded 9th in the Draw in Group M. She managed to win against everyone even Nozomi Okuhara in the semi finals, until she came up against her toughest opponent, Carolina Marin of Spain.
She did not let up easily, and fought hard but Marin managed to beat Pusarla in three sets in the 83-minute match. She charted history of achieving the feat as she is youngest and first female individual to bag an Olympic Silver medal representing India.
PV Sindhu has been going string since then, and is looking to hopefully bag another medal at the Tokyo Olympics. She has been an inspiration for young girls all over India, and the nation is proud of her.