P. V. Sindhu aka Pusarla Venkata Sindhu is an Indian professional badminton player. She is the first Indian woman to win a Olympic silver medal and is the fifth female Olympic medalist for India. She has also received international fame by ranking in the Top 20 Badminton World Federation in 2012. In 2013, she played first Indian women’s singles and won a medal at the World Championships. In 2016, Sindhu has won the Silver medal at Olympic Games Rio 2016.
P. V. Sindhu was born on 5 July 1995 in Hyderabad, India. She started playing Badminton from the age of eight. She has studied at St. Ann’s College for Women. She initially took guidance from Mehboob Ali at the badminton courts of Indian Railway Institute of Signal Engineering and Telecommunications in Secunderabad. Later she got trained under Pullela Gopichand’s badminton academy. She has won several medals under Gopichand’s training. At the age of 13, Sindhu won the singles title at the Sub-juniors in Pondicherry. She also won the under-14 team gold medal at the 51st National School Games in India.
Full name : Pusarla Venkata Sindhu
Name : P. V. Sindhu
Birth Place : Hyderabad, India
Date of Birth : 5 July 1995
Age : 21 years
Height : 5’10”
Weight : 65 kgs
Occupation : Badminton player
Coach : Pullela Gopichand
Parents : P. V. Ramana and P. Vijaya
Education : St. Ann’s College for Women
Badminton player PV Sindhu has won China super series. But recently she lost Hong Kong Open Super Series Final, which was held in November. She managed to come till final but has lost the game.
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu was born into a sports family. Her father P. V. Ramana and mother P. Vijaya both are former Volleyball players. In 2000, Ramana was awarded with Arjuna Award for his sport. Although her parents are Volleyball professionals, Sindhu has choosen her career in Badminton. She is much inspired from the success of Pullela Gopichand and wanted to play like him.
In Olympic Games Rio 2016
P. V. Sindhu has participated in 2016 Olympic Games Rio. She defeated Chinese Wang Yihan in the Quarter-finals. Her Semi final match was with the Japanese Nozomi Okuhara. She won again and this set stage for her final showdown with World No. 1 and Top seeded Spaniard Carolina Marin.
The 83-minute match resulted in favour of the Spaniard against Indian, eventually Sindhu clinching Silver Medal. She created history of achieving the feat as she is youngest and first women individual to bag Olympic Silver medal representing India.
P. V. Sindhu has started her Badminton career at the age of 8 years. Since then she has earned several titles and medals. She has gained medals at Sub-Junior Asian Badminton Championships, Iran Fajr International Badminton Challenge, Junior World Badminton Championships and at India’s national team at the 2010 Uber Cup. Sindhu has won Malaysian open title 2013 beating her opponent from Singapore Juan Gu. This is Sindhu’s maiden Grand Prix Gold title. Later she defeated Wang Yihan of China to enter Badminton world championships.
Just at the age of 18, she was awarded Arjun Award by Government of India. In 2014, PV Sindhu reached the semifinal stage of Glasgow Commonwealth Games in the women’s singles competition.
Later in 2015 November she has won her third successive women’s singles title at the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold after defeating Japan’s Minatsu Mitani in the final. In 2016 January, she won the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold women’s singles title.