Pusarla Venkata Sindhu (born 5 July 1995) is an Indian professional badminton player. By winning the gold medal at the 2019 World Championships, Sindhu became the first Indian ever to become a world champion in badminton. Having made her international debut in 2009, she rose to a career-high ranking of no. 2 in April 2017.
Throughout her career, Sindhu has won medals at numerous tournaments on the BWF circuit, including a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics which made her the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal as well as the first Indian to reach the Olympic final in badminton.
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu was born in Hyderabad 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, Dr. P. V. Divya, who was a national-level handball player. However, she was not interested in pursuing professional sports and became a doctor.
Honored with Padma Shri Award, the fourth highest civilian award in India, in March 2015
Received Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, the highest sporting honor of India, on 29 August 2016
Bestowed with Arjuna Award for badminton on 24 September 2013
Pv Sindhu is the strong women and international player for badminton. Pusarla Venkata Sindhu was born 5 July 1995 is an Indian professional badminton player. She is the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal, and one of the two Indian badminton players to ever win an Olympic medal. P. V. Sindhu ended 2013 on a happy by winning Macau Open Grand Prix Gold title, and the Arjun Award. She won back-to-back medals in the World Badminton Championship and became the first Indian to do that. her awards were Padma Shri, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, arjuna award and Olympic and medals: Badminton at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women’s singles, badminton
She started playing badminton from the age of eight after she drew inspiration from Pullela Gopichand’s victory in All England Open Badminton Championship in 2001. That’s the reason why she chose badminton over volleyball although her parents were professional volleyball players. Her initial apprenticeship started with Mehboob Ali at the badminton courts of Indian Railway Institute of Signal Engineering and Telecommunications in Secunderabad. Later, she joined Pullela Gopichand’s badminton academy to enhance her sporting skills further.
She started playing badminton from the age of eight after she drew inspiration from Pullela Gopichand’s victory in All England Open Badminton Championship in 2001. That’s the reason why she chose badminton over volleyball although her parents were professional volleyball players.
She also won the singles title at the Ambuja Cement All India ranking.
In the under-13 category, Sindhu won doubles titles at the IOC All India Ranking, Krishna Khaitan All India Tournament, the Sub-Junior Nationals and the All India Ranking in Pune.
At the 51st National School Games in India, Sindhu won the gold medal in the under-14 category.
“The most striking feature in Sindhu’s game is her attitude and the never-say-die spirit.” She defeated Carolina Marin and won 2017 India Open Superseries title.