Pusarla Venkata Sindhu (born 5 July 1995), popularly known as PV Sindhu, is an Indian badminton player. Sindhu is considered one of India’s most accomplished athletes and has won medals at various tournaments such as the Olympics and the BWF circuit, including gold at the 2019 World Championships. is the first and only Indian woman to become a badminton world champion. She is her second individual athlete from India, where she won two consecutive Olympic medals. She rose to her career-high world ranking of No. 2 in April 2017. Sindhu entered the top 20 of the BWF World Rankings in September 2012 at the age of 17.
She has won a total of five medals at her BWF World Championships, making her the second woman after China’s Zhang Ning to win more than five individual medals at the event. She represented India at her 2016 Summer Olympics (Rio), becoming the first Indian badminton player to reach the Olympic finals. She won her silver medal after losing to Spain’s Carolina Marin. She made her second consecutive Olympic appearance at the 2020 Summer Olympics (Tokyo) and won a bronze medal. This made her the first Indian woman to win her two Olympic medals.
Sindhu won her first Superseries title at the 2016 China Open, and reached four more finals in 2017, winning titles in South Korea and India. Additionally, she is the reigning champion of her Commonwealth Games, where she has three consecutive individual medals, a silver medal at the Asia Games, and two bronze medals at the Uber Cup.
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu was born in Hyderabad, India where she was P.V. Ramana and her P.V. An employee of Vijaya Indian Railways, Ramana was born in Nirmal, Telangana and Vijaya hails from Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. Her father, Ramana, a member of her Indian volleyball team that won a bronze medal at the 1986 Asian Games in Seoul, won her the 2000 Arjuna Award for her contributions to the sport.
Sindhu lives in Hyderabad. She was educated at Auxilium High School and St. Ann’s College for Women, Hyderabad. Her parents played volleyball professionally, but she chose badminton because she was inspired by the success of her badminton champion at the 2001 All England Open, Pullera Gopichand. She started playing badminton at the age of eight. She first learned the basics of the sport on her badminton court at the Indian Railway Signal Engineering and Telecommunications Institute in Secunderabad, under the guidance of Mehboob Ali. Soon after, she joined Pulela Gopichand’s Gopichand Badminton Academy. While outlining her career, The Hindu Correspondent wrote: “The fact that she shows up for training camp on time every day and travels her 56km distance from her home fulfills her desire to become a good badminton player, which requires hard work and dedication. It may be a reflection of your ambition.”
Gopichand supported this correspondent’s opinion when he stated that “the most striking feature of Sindhu’s plays is their attitude and spirit of never dying”. After attending Gopichand Badminton Academy, Sindhu won several titles. In her under 10 category she won 5th Servo All India Ranking Championship in doubles category and singles title in Ambujasement All India Ranking.
Sindhu’s story of success is based on her confidence and perseverance, making her a role model for Indian women. PV Her Sindhu is one of the best badminton players in the world. She was the first Indian woman to win two Olympic individual medals. She is also one of the youngest recipients of the Padma Bhushan Award. Sindhu commuted 56 km daily to attend the academy. She practiced six to seven hours a day, six days a week. This is what effort is all about. Dedication and hard work are her two things that never leave you empty-handed. She’s tough – easy to give up when things get tough. But she’s tough on the inside trying to do her best until her hard work pays off. It’s been 11 years since she turned pro and seven years since her first international match. Even now, Sindhu has shown courage over and over again. PV Sindhu has made history over the past decade winning titles at every level. The Indian badminton ace has her five World Championship medals, including one gold, and two Olympic medals.