pv sindhu India's badminton heroine in Rio Olympics 2016


Pusarla Venkata Sindhu (born 5 July 1995) is an Indian professional badminton player.[5] She is the first Indian woman to win a Olympic silver medal and is the fifth female Olympic medalist for her country.[6] P. V. Sindhu received international attention as she broke into the Top 20 in the Badminton World Federation rankings released on 21 September 2012.[7] On 10 August 2013, Sindhu became the first ever Indian women's singles player to win a medal at the 2013 World Championships. On 30 March 2015, she received India's fourth highest civilian honor, the Padma Shri.[8] On 18 August 2016, at the 2016 Summer Olympics, she became the first Indian to reach the finals in the Badminton event of an Olympic games after beating Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the semi-finals.[9] She subsequently won the Silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics and became the first Indian shuttler to win a Silver medal and the youngest Indian overall to make a podium finish in the Olympics.[10] She also became the second Indian female shuttler to win an Olympic medal after Saina Nehwal's Bronze medal at 2012 Summer Olympics at London.

Childhood and early training

Pusarla Venkata Sindhu was born to P. V. Ramana and P. Vijaya – both former volleyball players. In 2000, Ramana was awardedArjuna Award for his sport.[12] 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.[13] She eventually started playing badminton from the age of eight.[12]
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 badminton academy.[13]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.[13]
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."[14] 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.[12]

Career

In the international circuit, Sindhu was a bronze medallist at the 2009 Sub-Junior Asian Badminton Championships held inColombo.[15] At the 2010 Iran Fajr International Badminton Challenge, she won the silver medal in the singles category.[16] Sindhu reached the quarterfinals of the 2010 Junior World Badminton Championships that was held in Mexico.[17] She was a team member in India's national team at the 2010 Uber Cup.[18]

2012

On 14 June 2012, Sindhu lost to Germany's Juliane Schenk in Indonesia Open, 21–14, 21–14 .[19] 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.[20] 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[21] but lost to 4th seeded Jiang Yanjiao of China by 10–21, 21–14, 19–21 in the semifinals.[22] 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.[23] But she bowed out in the second round to Korean shuttler Bae Yeon Ju for 21–10, 12–21, 18–21.[24]
Sindhu then went on to participate in the 77th Senior National Badminton Championships held at Srinagar. She was defeated in the finals by Sayali Gokhale for 15–21, 21–15, 15–21.[25] 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.[26]
Sindhu finished runner-up in the Syed Modi India Grand Prix Gold event held in Lucknow in December 2012.[27] 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.[28] She reached her career best ranking of 15.[29]

2013

She won Malaysian open title 2013, beating her opponent from Singapore Juan Gu by 21–17,17–21,21–19. This is Sindhu's maiden Grand Prix Gold title.[30]
PV Sindhu on 8 August 2013 defeated the defending champion, second-seeded Wang Yihan of China, to enter the women's quarterfinals at the Badminton world championships. The 18-year-old, 10th-seeded Sindhu won 21–18, 23–21 in 54 minutes to set up a meeting with seventh-seeded 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 was 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.[31]

2014

PV Sindhu reached the semifinal stage of Glasgow Commonwealth Games in the women's singles competition, where she eventually lost.[32] PV Sindhu created history by becoming the first Indian to win two back-to-back medals in the World Badminton Championships.
PV Sindhu reached semifinal of the world cup in Denmark.
The world number 11 from Hyderabad showed extraordinary skills and fighting spirit to defeat the second ranked Shixian Wang in three gruelling sets 19-21, 21-19, 21-15, with the match lasting more than an hour at Copenhagen. She had earlier defeated World Number 5 South Korean Bae Yeon Ju in the pre-quarters in another battle of attrition 19-21, 22-20, 25-23.

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-yingWang Yihan and Carolina Marin. In the final, she lost to the defending champion Li Xuerui in straight games by 19-21, 12-21.[33]
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.[34]

2016

In January, Sindhu won the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold women’s singles title after beating Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour in the final.[35] 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. However, in the semifinal. her team was beaten by Delhi Acers.

RIO Olympics 2016

Sindhu playing in Rio 2016 Olympics
PV Sindhu settled for silver at the Rio Olympics 2016 after being beaten 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 by World No 1 Carolina Marin of Spain in the badminton women's singles event on 19th August 2016. It is India's second medal in the Rio Games after wrestler Sakshi Malik bagged bronze in the women's 58kg category on Wednesday. In a hard-fought summit clash, which lasted one hour and 20 minutes.[36] In her quarterfinal match, she beat World No.2 Wang Yihan by 22-20, 21-19.On August 18, she has advanced to the final of the women's singles event at the 2016 Summer Olympics by beating Nozomi Okuhara of Japan by 21-19, 21-10 in the semi-final. She lost to Carolina Marín of Spain in the final by a score of 19-21, 21-12, 21-15. Sindhu consequently won the Silver medal becoming the youngest Indian to win a medal for the country.[37]

Achievements

Individual titles (6)

S. No.YearTournamentOpponent in finalScore
12011Indonesia InternationalIndonesia Fransisca Ratnasari21-16, 21-11[38]
22013Malaysia MastersSingapore Gu Juan21–17, 17–21, 21–19
32013Macau OpenCanada Michelle Li21–15, 21–12
42014Macau OpenSouth Korea Kim Hyo-min21–12, 21–17
52015Macau OpenJapan Minatsu Mitani21–9, 21-23, 21-14
62016Malaysia MastersScotland Kirsty Gilmour21-15, 21-9
     Grand Prix Gold
     International Challenge

Individual runners-up (5)

S. No.YearTournamentOpponent in finalScore
12011Dutch OpenNetherlands Yao Jie16–21, 17–21
22012Syed Modi InternationalIndonesia Lindaweni Fanetri15-21, 21-18, 18-21
32014Syed Modi InternationalIndia Saina Nehwal14-21, 17-21
42015Denmark OpenChina Li Xuerui19-21, 12-21
52016South Asian GamesIndia Gadde Ruthvika Shivani11–21, 20–22
62016OlympicsSpain Carolina Marin21–19, 12–21, 15–21
     Super Series Premier
     Grand Prix Gold
     Grand Prix

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