Pusarla Venkata Sindhu created history for India in Rio by clinching a silver medal in the Olympics badminton final on Friday. She became the youngest female badminton player from India to achieve this remarkable feat and now stands at number 10 position in the world-ranking.
In the Olympics match on Friday, Sindhu gave tough competition to World no.1 Carolina Marin but lost to the Spaniard 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 in the women’s singles final. Her fierce stroke-play and aggressive cross-court returns, which are said to be her strength, were eminent in all her games in Rio during Olympics 2016.
Being born to former international volleyball players P.V. Ramana and P Vijaya on 5th July, 1995, sports was always in Sindhu’s blood and she chose badminton to prove that. At the young age of six, she drew inspiration from former Indian player Pullela Gopichand’s victory in All England Open Badminton Championship in 2001 and started wielding the racket in her hands at the age of eight.
The 21 year old silver girl from Hyderabad learnt the basics of badminton under the guidance of Mehboob Ali at Indian Railway Institute of Signal Engineering and Telecommunications in Secunderabad.
Later, she joined Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad and used to travel 50 kilometers everyday to get to her training centre. Sindhu set her foot on the international stage in 2009 in Colombo at Sub-Junior Asian Badminton Championship and marked her presence by winning a bronze medal.
She later bagged a silver in the women’s single at Iran Fajr International Badminton Challenge in 2010 and also fixed her place in the national team at Uber Cup the same year. The highlight of her career was 2012 when she stunned London Olympics Gold medalist Li Xuerui.
Year 2013 turned out to the turning point in Sindhu’s career. She won her maiden gold medal in women’s singles at Malaysian Masters Grand Prix. She became India’s first medalist at the World Championship in women’s singles.
She also won Macau Open Grand Prix Gold title by defeating Canada’s Michelle Li. The icing on the cake was the Arjun Award she was awarded by the Government of India. She is also the youngest recipient of the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award in March 2015.
Sindhu reached the semi finals of Glasgow Commonwealth Games in women’s singles category in 2014. The same year, she reached semi final of the world cup in Denmark. In 2015, Sindhu reached to her maiden final of a Super Series event in Denmark Open. In 2016, she again won the Malaysian Masters Grand Prix Gold in women’s singles title.
After the glory she had brought to India by winning a silver medal in Olympics badminton final, the name of this golden girl will be remembered in the nation for many years to come for her determination and hard work.
Thursday proved to be another good day for the Indian team in Rio after ace-shuttler PV Sindh