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Pusarla Venkata Sindhu (born 5 July 1995)[1] is an Indian professional badminton player. She became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal, and one of the two Indian badminton players to ever win an Olympic medal – the 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 and 2018 BWF World Championships consecutively. She was also a silver medalist, [6] in Asian Games 2018, which were held in Indonesia.She was also champion of BWF world tour finals 2018.

Sindhu
NAC Jewellers Honors Olympic Silver Medalist PV Sindhu.jpg
Sindhu in 2016
Personal information
Birth namePusarla Venkata Sindhu
Country India
Born (1995-07-05) 5 July 1995 (age 24)[1]
Hyderabad, Telangana, India[2]
ResidenceHyderabad, Telangana, India[3]
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight65 kg (143 lb)
Years active2011–present
HandednessRight
CoachPullela Gopichand
Women's singles
Career record293 Win, 120 Loss
Highest ranking2 (7 April 2017[4])
Current ranking6 (9 April 2019[5])
BWF profile

Sindhu came to international attention when she broke into the top 20 of the BWF World Ranking in September 2012 at the age of 17.[7] In 2013, she became the first ever Indian women's singles player to win a medal at the Badminton World Championships. In March 2015, she is the recipient of India's fourth highest civilian honor, the Padma Shri.[8] Her silver medal win in the women's singles event of the 2016 Summer Olympics made her the first Indian shuttler to reach the final of an Olympics badminton event and the youngest Indian to make a podium finish in an individual event at the Olympics.[9] She is among the top five shuttlers in women's singles category. In 2018, she became the first Indian to have clinched the World Tour title defeating Japan's Nozomi Okuhara in the 2018 World Tour final.

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Early life and trainingEdit

Pusarla Venkata Sindhu was born in Hyderabad to P. V. Ramana [10] and P. Vijaya. Both her parents have been national level volleyball players. Her father, Ramana, who was a member of the Indian volleyball team that won the bronze medal in 1986 Seoul Asian Games, received the Arjuna Award in 2000[11] for his contribution to the sports. She has an elder sister, P. V. Divya, who was a national-level handball player. However, she was not interested in pursuing professional sports and became a doctor.

P.V.Sindhu lives in Hyderabad. Though her parents played professional volleyball, Sindhu choose badminton over it because she drew inspiration from the success of Pullela Gopichand, the 2001 All England Open Badminton Champion.[12] She eventually started playing badminton from the age of eight.[11] 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 Gopichand Badminton Academy.[12] 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.[12]

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."[13] 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 State Games in India.[11]

CareerEdit

In the international circuit, Sindhu was a bronze medalist at the 2009 Sub-Junior Asian Badminton Championships held in Colombo.[14] At the 2010 Iran Fajr International Badminton Challenge, she won the silver medal in the singles category.[15] Sindhu reached the quarterfinals of the 2010 Junior World Badminton Championships that was held in Mexico.[16] She was a team member in India's national team at the 2010 Uber Cup.[17]

2012Edit

On 14 June 2012, P.V.Sindhu lost to Germany's Juliane Schenk in the Indonesia Open, 21–14, 21–14.[18] On 7 July 2012, she won Asian Youths Under 19 Championship beating Japanese Player Nozomi Okuhara in final by 18–21, 21–17, 22–20.[19] 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[20] but lost to 4th seeded Jiang Yanjiao of China by 10–21, 21–14, 19–21 in the semifinals.[21] 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.[22] But she bowed out in the second round to Korean shuttler Bae Yeon Ju for 21–10, 12–21, 18–21.[23]

P.V. Sindhu then went on to participate in the 77th of Senior National Badminton Championships held at Srinagar. She was defeated in the finals by Sayali Gokhale for 15–21, 21–15, 15–21.[24] 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.[25]

Sindhu finished runner-up in the Syed Modi India Grand Prix Gold event held in Lucknow in December 2012.[26] 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.[27] She reached her career best ranking of 15.[28]

2013Edit

She won Malaysian open title 2013, beating her opponent from Singapore, Gu Juan, by 21–17, 17–21, 21–19. This was Sindhu's first Grand Prix Gold title.[29]

PV Sindhu on 8 August 2013 defeated the defending champion, second-seeded Wang Yihan of China, to enter the women's quarterfinals at the BWF World Championships. The 18-year-old, 10th-seeded Sindhu won 21–18, 23–21 in 54 minutes to set-up a meeting with another 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.

In the 2013 Indian Badminton League, Sindhu was the captain of the team Awadhe Warriors. Her team qualified for the semifinal, where they beat Mumbai Marathas, but lost in the final to Hyderabad HotShots.

She won Macau Open Grand Prix Gold title by defeating Canada's Michelle Li on 1 December 2013. The top-seeded 18-year-old won the match 21–15, 21–12 in 37 minutes. She was awarded the Arjun Award by Government of India.[30]

2014Edit

PV Sindhu reached the semifinal stage of 2014 Commonwealth Games in the women's singles competition, which she lost to Michelle Li of Canada.[31] PV Sindhu later created history by becoming the first Indian to win two back-to-back medals in the BWF World Badminton Championships after her bronze medal finish in 2014 BWF World Championships held in Denmark.

Sindhu defeated Wang Shixian in three sets 19–21, 21–19, 21–15, with the match lasting more than an hour. She had earlier defeated Bae Yeon-ju in the third round with 19–21, 22–20, and 25–23. However, she lost to the eventual gold medalist, Carolina Marin, in straight sets and had to settle with bronze medal together with Minatsu Mitani.

2015Edit

 
Then President of India, Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Shri Award to P.V. Sindhu, at a Civil Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on 30 March 2015

In October, playing at the Denmark Open, Sindhu reached to her maiden final of a Super Series event. On her route to the final, she defeated three seeded players, namely Tai Tzu-ying, Wang Yihan and Carolina Marin. In the final, she lost to the defending champion Li Xuerui in straight games by 19–21, 12–21.[32]

In November, defending champion P. V. Sindhu won her third successive women's singles title at the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold after defeating Japan's Minatsu Mitani in the final by 21–9, 21–23, 21–14.[33]

2016Edit

In January, Sindhu won the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold women's singles title after beating Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour in the final.[34] She had also won this tournament in 2013.

In the 2016 Premier Badminton league, Sindhu was the captain of Chennai Smashers team. In the group league, she won all of the five matches to help her team qualify for the semifinal and won the tournament against Mumbai Rockets.

At the women's singles event, at Rio Olympics Sindhu was drawn with Hungarian Laura Sárosi and Canadian Michelle Li in Group M.[35] During the group stage matches, she beat Laura Sárosi (2–0)[36] and Michelle Li (2–1).[37] Further she ousted Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu-ying (2–0) in the round of 16[38] to meet the second seed Wang Yihan in the quarterfinals, whom she defeated in straight sets.[39]

Sindhu later faced the Japanese Nozomi Okuhara in the semifinals, won in straight sets, and ensuring her a podium finish.[40] This set the stage for her final showdown with top seed from Spain, Carolina Marín.[41] Marin managed to beat Sindhu in three sets in the 83-minute match.[42] With that result, Sindhu clinched the silver medal.[43][44] She charted history of achieving the feat as she is youngest and first female individual to bag an Olympic Silver medal representing India. This was the second instance of podium finish at the Olympics by any Indian badminton player.[45][46][47]

2017Edit

In the India Open Superseries, Sindhu won the title by defeating Carolina Marin in straight games. In the BWF World Championships held from 21 to 27 August 2017 at Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland, Sindhu had to settle for silver after losing to Japan's Nozomi Okuhara in the finals with scores 19–21, 22–20, 20–22. Sindhu defeated Okuhara in the final of the 2017 Korea Open Super Series by 22–20, 11–21, 21–18, thereby becoming the first Indian to win Korea Open.[48]

In August, she took charges as Deputy Collector in Krishna District in the Chief Commissioner of Land Administration (CCLA) office under the Revenue Department of the Government of Andhra Pradesh.[49]

In Dubai World Superseries Finals, she finished as the runner-up after being defeated by Japan's Akane Yamaguchi 21–15 12–21 19–21 in 94 minutes.[50]

2018Edit

At the prestigious [2018 All England open|, Sindhu made it to the top 4, before losing to world No.3 Akane Yamaguchi in the semifinal with the score 21–19, 19–21, 18–21. This is Sindhu's best performance at the All England Open Championships.[51] Sindhu competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, winning a gold in the mixed team event and a silver medal in the women's singles event. Sindhu in the 2018 World Champiomships won her second consecutive silver medal and her total fourth.[52] On 16 December 2018, Sindhu made history by becoming the first Indian to win the season-ending BWF World Tour Finals tournament in Guangzhou, China.[53]

With an earnings of $8.5 million, Sindhu was ranked seventh in Forbes' list of "Highest-Paid Female Athletes 2018" based on earnings from prize money and endorsements between June 2017 to June 2018.[54] Sindhu clinched silver title in Asian games 2018 and defeated by world number one Tai Tzu-Ying in Jakarta.[1] Ace shuttler PV Sindhu clinched a historic silver medal in Women's Singles Badminton event as she became the first Indian to finish second on the podium in the Asian Games.[55]

Sindhu ended 2018 with creating history by becoming the first Indian to win the season-ending BWF World Tour Finals.[56]

2019Edit

 
Sindhu inside cockpit of HAL Tejas at Yelahanka AFS, Bengaluru.

Sindhu was brought by the defending champions Hyderabad Hunters in the PBL auctions 2018 and was named as their skipper.[57].She led them brilliantly and they also entered into the semi finals, where they lost to Mumbai Rockets.[58]

Sindhu then reached the quarterfinals of Indonesian Open 2019 where she lost to Carolina Marin in two consecutive games.

The biggest disappointment for Sindhu turned out to be her loss in the very first round of the All England Open 2019 to Sung Ji Hyun of Korea by 16-21,22-20,18-21 in a thriller match.Sindhu was 17-20 down in the second game but saved three match points and won it by 22-20,but eventually failed to win the third game.

HonoursEdit

AchievementsEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Round Opponent Score Result
2016 Riocentro – Pavilion 4, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Final   Carolina Marin 21–19, 12–21, 15–21   Silver

World championshipsEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Round Opponent Score Result
2018 Nanjing Youth Olympic Sports Park Indoor Arena, Nanjing, China Final   Carolina Marin 19-21, 10-21   Silver
2017 Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland Final   Nozomi Okuhara 19-21, 22-20, 20-22   Silver
2014 Ballerup Super Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark Semifinal   Carolina Marin 17-21, 15-21   Bronze
2013 Tianhe Sports Center, Guangzhou, China Semifinal   Ratchanok Intanon 10-21, 13-21   Bronze

Asian GamesEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Round Opponent Score Result
2018 Istora Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta, Indonesia Final   Tai Tzu Ying 13-21, 16-21   Silver

Commonwealth GamesEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2018 Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre, Gold Coast, Australia   Saina Nehwal 18-21, 21-23   Silver
2014 Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland   Tee Jing Yi 23-21, 21-9   Bronze

BWF World TourEdit

Women's singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result
2018 BWF World Tour Finals World Tour Finals   Nozomi Okuhara 21–19, 21–17   Winner

Other Major Individual titlesEdit

S. No. Year Tournament Opponent in final Score
1 2011 Indonesia International   Fransisca Ratnasari 21–16, 21–11[62]
2 2013 Malaysia Masters   Gu Juan 21–17, 17–21, 21–19
3 2013 Macau Open   Michelle Li 21–15, 21–12
4 2014 Macau Open   Kim Hyo-min 21–12, 21–17
5 2015 Macau Open   Minatsu Mitani 21–9, 21–23, 21–14
6 2016 Malaysia Masters   Kirsty Gilmour 21–15, 21–9
7 2016 China Open   Sun Yu 21–11, 17–21, 21–11
8 2017 Syed Modi International   Gregoria Mariska 21–13, 21–14
9 2017 India Open   Carolina Marin 21–19, 21–16
10 2017 Korea Open   Nozomi Okuhara 22–20, 11-21, 21–18
11 2018 BWF World Tour Finals   Nozomi Okuhara 21–19, 21–17
     BWF World Tour Finals
     Super Series Premier
     Super Series
     Grand Prix Gold
     International Challenge

Other Major Individual runners-upEdit

S. No. Year Tournament Opponent in final Score
1 2011 Dutch Open   Yao Jie 16–21, 17–21
2 2012 Syed Modi International   Lindaweni Fanetri 15–21, 21–18, 18–21
3 2014 Syed Modi International   Saina Nehwal 14–21, 17–21
4 2015 Denmark Open   Li Xuerui 19–21, 12–21
5 2016 Hong Kong Open   Tai Tzu-ying 15–21, 17–21
6 2017 Hong Kong Open   Tai Tzu-ying 18–21, 18–21
7 2017 BWF Super Series Finals   Akane Yamaguchi 21–15, 12–21, 19–21
8 2018 India Open   Beiwen Zhang 18-21, 21-11, 20-22
9 2018 Thailand Open   Nozomi Okuhara 15-21, 18-21
     BWF Super Series Finals/ BWF World Tour Finals
     Super Series Premier
     Super Series
     Grand Prix Gold
     Grand Prix
     Super 500.

Career overviewEdit

* Statistics were last updated on 19 December 2017.[63]

Singles performance timelineEdit

Key
W F SF QF #R RR Q# A SF-B S G NH N/A
Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR Best
BWF events
BWF World Junior Championships 2R QF 3R A N/A 0/3 QF ('10)
BWF World Championships A NH B B QF NH S S 0/4 F ('17, 18)
Olympics NH DNQ NH S NH 0/2 F ('16)
BWF Super Series
  All England Super Series Premier A 1R 2R 1R A 1R QF SF 1R 0/5 SF('18)
  India Open Super Series N/A 1R QF SF 1R A QF W F 1/6 W ('17)
  Malaysia Super Series Premier A Q1[64] 1R 2R A QF 1R SF 0/5 SF('18)
  Singapore Open Super Series A 1R A QF A 2R QF N.P 0/4 QF ('14, '17)
  Indonesia Super Series Premier A 2R A 1R 1R A 2R QF 0/4 QF('18)
  Australian Open Super Series N/A QF 1R 1R QF N.P 0/4 QF ('14, '17)
  Japan Open Super Series A 2R 2R A 1R A 2R 2R 0/4 2R ('12, '13, '17, '18)
  Korea Open Super Series A Q2[65] 2R A 2R A W N.P 1/4 W ('17)
  Denmark Super Series Premier A 1R QF F 2R 1R 1R 0/5 F ('15)
  French Open Super Series A 2R 1R 1R 2R SF QF 0/5 SF ('17)
  China Open Super Series Premier A Q2[66] 1R A 2R W QF 1/5 W ('16)
  Hong Kong Open Super Series A Q2[67] 1R 1R 2R 1R F F 2R 0/6 F ('16,'17)
  China Masters Super Series A SF A N/A 0/1 SF ('12)
BWF Super Series Masters Finals DNQ SF F W 0/1 W('18)
BWF Grand Prix Gold and Grand Prix
  Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold A SF W A SF W A 2/4 W ('13, '16)
  Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold QF[68] SF[69] 2R[70] F NH F SF 2R W 1/8 W ('17)
  German Open Grand Prix Gold A 1R[71] A QF A 0/2 QF ('16)
  Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold N/A A 1R 2R SF A QF A 0/4 SF ('14)
  China Masters Grand Prix Gold N/A A QF A 0/1 QF ('16)
  Chinese Taipei Grand Prix Gold A 2R A 0/1 2R ('15)
  Vietnam Open Grand Prix A QF[72] A 0/1 QF ('11)
  Indonesian Masters Grand Prix Gold A QF A 0/1 QF ('15)
  Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold A 2R A 0/1 2R ('12)
  Dutch Open Grand Prix A F[73] A 0/1 F ('11)
  Macau Open Grand Prix Gold A W W W A 3/3 W ('13, '14, '15)
  India Open Grand Prix Gold Q2[74] 2R[75] N/A 0/2 2R ('10)
Year-end Ranking[76] 255 151 31 19 11 11 12 6 3

Record against selected playersEdit

Record against the Super Series finalists, the World Championships semifinalists, and the Olympic quarterfinalists (as of 29 January 2019):[77]

Opponent Record Opponent Record Opponent Record Opponent Record
  He Bingjiao 5–9   Jiang Yanjiao 0–2   Li Xuerui 3–3   Sun Yu 4–4
  Wang Lin 0–1   Wang Shixian 4–6   Wang Yihan 3–4   Yao Xue 1–1
  Tai Tzu-ying 4–10   Tine Baun 0–1   Juliane Schenk 0–2   Yip Pui Yin 2–0
  Saina Nehwal 1–3   Lindaweni Fanetri 8–2   Akane Yamaguchi 10–4   Eriko Hirose 1–3
  Minatsu Mitani 3–2   Nozomi Okuhara 7–6   Yui Hashimoto 1–1   Bae Yeon-ju 1–3
  Sung Ji-hyun 8–6   Carolina Marin 6–8   Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 5–4   Ratchanok Intanon 4–4