pv sindhu
Born 5 July 1995,
Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Current ranking: 10
Residence: Hyderabad, India
Coach: Pullela Gopichand

Event-Badminton (Women’s Singles)

P.V.Sindhu is standing at No.10 according to BWF World Rankings which helped her to make into the Rio 2016 Olympics.
She was awarded with Padmashri, the fourth highest civilian award of India, in 2015.

She became the FIRST Indian female player to win a medal at the World Championships in China in 2013. She beat top Chinese shuttlers  Wang Yihan and  Wang Shixian to reach the semi-finals and win the Bronze medal. She repeated this feat at the 2014 World Championships in Denmark becoming the first Indian to win 2 world championship medals. She has also won Macau Open GPG three times that too in consecutive years and also won the Malaysia Masters GPG 2016.

Sindhu, who trains at the Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad, won bronze medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and bronze medal in the team event at the Asian Games 2014 in Incheon. She reached the semi-finals of the Indian Super Series in Delhi in April 2013 and then went on to win the Malaysian Grand Prix Gold. She reached the semi-finals of China Masters 2012, where she defeated London 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Li Xuerui in the quarter-finals. She finished 2012 on a great note by finishing runner-up in the Syed Modi Indian Golden Grand Prix in Lucknow in 2012. She also won a bronze medal at the U-19 Asian Championships held at Lucknow in 2011. It wasn’t that easy for her to catch the attention of all the badminton lovers throughout the India. She scalped many higher ranked player in the process and this has elevated her world rankings to under 20 in such a short time. That she won two senior national ranking tournaments in 2011 was just a sign of Sindhu getting ready for the senior circuit.

She is also a bronze medal winner in the Junior Asian Championship held at Colombo in 2010. She followed it up with runners up finish at the Iran Fajr International tournament where she defeated much higher ranked players. She also reached the quarterfinals of the Junior World championship that was held at Malaysia this year. She was also the youngest member of the squad that reached the quarterfinals of the Uber Cup in 2010. She also won the Under-19 National Juniors in 2010 where incredibly she did not drop even a single set. She finished 2010 in style by winning a bronze medal at the Indian Grand Prix at Hyderabad.

Interestingly, Sindhu’s parents are both Volleyball players. Sindhu was born to PV Ramana and P. Vijaya.  PV Ramana was not only a former International Volleyball player and 1986 Asian Games bronze Medallist but also cracked top 10 in the World Rankings. “She showed passion for Badminton when she first held the racket at a very young age. Since then she has not looked back,” said a proud father Ramana.

Surely, she is an exciting prospect for Indian Badminton and she has what it takes to become an Olympic champion. Hope she surprises the players who are standing above her in the list(as she always does) and remain as the first women to win a gold medal at Olympics from India.