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Pusarla Venkata Sindhu (born 5 July 1995)[6] 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 – 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.

P. V. Sindhu
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Sindhu in 2016
Personal information
Birth name Pusarla Venkata Sindhu
Country India
Born (1995-07-05) 5 July 1995 (age 22)[1]
Hyderabad, Telangana, India[2]
Residence Hyderabad, Telangana, India[3]
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 69 kg (152 lb)
Years active 2009–present
Handedness Right
Coach Pullela Gopichand
Women's singles
Highest ranking 2 (4.04.2017[4])
Current ranking 3 (12 April 2018[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. She is among the top five shuttlers in women's singles category.[9]


Childhood and early trainingEdit

Pusarla Venkata Sindhu was born in Vijayawada. to P. V. Ramana 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 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. She later married US based software engineer, Anurag Kumar.

P.V.Sindhu lives in Hyderabad. In 2000, Ramana was awarded Arjuna Award for his sport.[10][11] 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.[12] She eventually started playing badminton from the age of eight.[10]

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 School Games in India.[10]


In the international circuit, Sindhu was a bronze medallist 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].


On the14 of June 2012, P.VSindhu lost to Germany's “Juliane Schenkin”Indonesia Open, 21–14, 21–14.[18] 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.[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]


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 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.[30]


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.


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]


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, 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 women 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]


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]


At the prestigious 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.[52]



Individual titlesEdit

S. No. Year Tournament Opponent in final Score Result
1 2011 Indonesia International   Fransisca Ratnasari 21–16, 21–11[53] Won
2 2013 Malaysia Masters   Gu Juan 21–17, 17–21, 21–19 Won
3 2013 Macau Open   Michelle Li 21–15, 21–12 Won
4 2014 Macau Open   Kim Hyo-min 21–12, 21–17 Won
5 2015 Macau Open   Minatsu Mitani 21–9, 21–23, 21–14 Won
6 2016 Malaysia Masters   Kirsty Gilmour 21–15, 21–9 Won
7 2016 China Open   Sun Yu 21–11, 17–21, 21–11 Won
8 2017 Syed Modi International   Gregoria Mariska 21–13, 21–14 Won
9 2017 India Open   Carolina Marin 21–19, 21–16 Won
10 2017 Korea Open   Nozomi Okuhara 22–20, 11-21, 21–18 Won
     Super Series Premier
     Super Series
     Grand Prix Gold
     International Challenge

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
6 2016 Hong Kong Open   Tai Tzu-ying 15–21, 17–21
7 2016 Olympics   Carolina Marin 21-19, 12–21, 15-21
8 2017 World Championships   Nozomi Okuhara 19-21, 22–20, 20-22
9 2017 Hong Kong Open   Tai Tzu-ying 18–21, 18–21
10 2017 Super Series Finals   Akane Yamaguchi 21–15, 12–21, 19–21
     BWF Event
     Super Series Premier
     Super Series
     Grand Prix Gold
     Grand Prix

Career overviewEdit

* Statistics were last updated on December 19 2017.[54]

Singles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 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 0/4 F ('17)
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 0/5 QF ('17)
  India Open Super Series N/A 1R QF SF 1R A QF W 1/6 W ('17)
  Malaysia Super Series Premier A Q1[55] 1R 2R A QF 1R 0/5 QF ('16)
  Singapore Open Super Series A 1R A QF A 2R QF 0/4 QF ('14, '17)
  Indonesia Super Series Premier A 2R A 1R 1R A 2R 0/4 2R ('12, '17)
  Australian Open Super Series N/A QF 1R 1R QF 0/4 QF ('14, '17)
  Japan Open Super Series A 2R 2R A 1R A 2R 0/4 2R ('12, '13, '17)
  Korea Open Super Series A Q2[56] 2R A 2R A W 1/4 W ('17)
  Denmark Super Series Premier A 1R QF F 2R 1R 0/5 F ('15)
  French Open Super Series A 2R 1R 1R 2R SF 0/5 SR ('17)
  China Open Super Series Premier A Q2[57] 1R A 2R W QF 1/5 W ('16)
  Hong Kong Open Super Series A Q2[58] 1R 1R 2R 1R F F 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 0/1 SF ('16)
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[59] SF[60] 2R[61] F NH F SF 2R W 1/8 W ('17)
  German Open Grand Prix Gold A 1R[62] 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[63] 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[64] 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[65] 2R[66] N/A 0/2 2R ('10)
Year-end Ranking[67] 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 20 November 2016):[68]

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