Pusarla Venkata Sindhu is the second professional badminton player from India to win an Olympic medal, after Saina Nehwal who won a bronze at 2012 Olympics. P V Sindhu won a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, she is the first Indian badminton player to win a silver and the youngest Indian ever to win an Olympic medal.
Sindhu garnered fame after she reached the Top 20 list in the Badminton World Federation Rankings in 2012. By 2013, she was the first ever Indian singles player (female) to win at 2013 World Championships. She was also felicitated with Padma Shri in 2015.
Early life and background
P.V Sindhu was born on 5th July, in 1995, in Hyderabad, Telangana, to P.V Ramana and P. Vijaya. The talented player belongs to a famous family; her father P.V Ramana is famous as the Arjuna Award recipient for his contribution in volley-ball. Her mother is also famous as an ex-volley ball player. Quite obviously, Sindhu’s parents were the main motivation behind her hard work and achievements as a badminton player.
Sindhu let the media know that apart from her parents, the 2001 All England Open Badminton Champion, Pullela Gopichand acted as a great inspiration behind her badminton career. She started playing badminton when she was just eight years old. She started her journey at the badminton courts of Indian Railway Institute of Signal Engineering and Telecommunications, under the supervision of Mehboob Ali. Eventually, after gaining lots of skills, Sindhu enrolled in the badminton academy owned by Pullela Gopichand. P.V Sindhu is supported by Olympic Gold Quest, non- profit foundation which supports the talented Indian athletes.
Sindhu started her badminton career at a very young age. She has received numerous awards and prizes for her string of wins in the game. In the year 2009, she received the bronze medal at the Sub-Junior Asian Badminton Championships which took place in Colombo. In the next year, Sindhu took part in the Iran Fajr International Badminton Challenge. As usual, she did not disappoint her family and fans and won the silver medal in the singles category. After putting a lot of effort, she reached the 2010 Junior World Badminton Championships quarterfinal which was held in Mexico. Other than that, in the same year, she got the scope to be a part of the national team of the 2010 Uber Cup.
In the year 2013, the 1.79 meter tall Sindhu experienced the turning point of her career after winning a medal in the world championships, as the first female Indian. Other than that, Sindhu also defeated Canada’s Michelle Li and won the Gold title of Macau Open Grand Prix. Finally, she followed in her father’s footsteps by receiving the Arjuna Award by Indian Government in the year 2013.
In 2015, Sindhu was recognized as a player of unparalleled repute when she received the Padma Shri award. She actually created history as a first Indian female badminton player by winning back to back prizes in the world championships.
PV Sindhu at 2016 Rio Olympics
PV Sindhu raised the hopes of India’s stakes at Olympics medals, a day after Sakshi Malik won bronze for the country.
In the quarterfinal match, Sindh defeated Wang Yihan by 22-20, 21-19. On August 19, she made it to the finals of women’s singles badminton by defeating Nozomi Okuhara of Japan, 21-19, 20-10.
In the finals, Sindhu was beaten by Carolina Marin of Spain with the scores, 19-21, 21-12, 21-15. As a result, Sindhu won the silver medal for India at the Rio Olympics.
As on 2016, her net worth was INR 54 crore. She landed up with Rs. 50 crore endorsement deals from various companies that associated with her branding and promotional company, Baseline Ventures. It is believed that 16 companies queued up with their offers, of which she agreed for 9. The plum endorsement deal is set for 3 years.