P. V. Sindhu

India IND

Badminton

  • Olympic Medals
    1 S
    1 B
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Rio 2016
  • Year of Birth
    1995
Olympic Results

Biography

P. V. Sindhu

Pusarla Venkata Sindhu is a sporting icon of the 21st century and a shining beacon for sportswomen in India. The shuttler has risen to the top of the world in the last decade, winning dozens of titles across the globe.

After becoming the first Indian woman to win a silver medal at the Olympics and gold at the BWF World Championships, PV Sindhu added another piece of metal to her glittering cabinet by winning her second straight Olympic medal - a bronze at Tokyo 2020, thus becoming the first Indian sportswoman to win two Olympic medals.

PV Sindhu’s consistency at the highest level can somewhat be attributed to the sporting genes she inherited from her parents. Born July 5, 1995, in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh to parents who were both volleyball players at the national level, sport already coursed through PV Sindhu’s veins since she was born.

While her parents may have been volleyball players, badminton caught PV Sindhu’s fancy after watching Pullela Gopichand in action, and by the age of eight, she was a regular at the sport.

The script changed soon with Gopichand in awe of a prodigious PV Sindhu who joined his academy.

Winning junior badminton titles like the All India Ranking Championship and the Sub-Junior Nationals, PV Sindhu made it clear that she was good enough to compete at the international level.

In 2009, PV Sindhu won the bronze medal in the sub-junior Asian Badminton Championships and a year later, she bagged the singles silver in the International Badminton Challenge in Iran.

One of the peculiarities about PV Sindhu’s career graph is her steady improvement at annual events year-by-year. This was first apparent at the 2012 Asian Junior Championships when she won the gold medal after bagging a bronze the year before.

This pattern was repeated at the prestigious World Championships too. After two bronze and two silver medals between 2013 and 2018, she finally won gold in 2019 after comprehensively beating Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in Basel, Switzerland.

In her first Commonwealth Games (CWG) in 2014, PV Sindhu won bronze in women’s singles. Four years later, at the 2018 CWG in Gold Coast, she followed it up with a silver and a gold medal in the singles and mixed team badminton event, respectively.

PV Sindhu reached the highest point of her Olympic career at Rio 2016.

After eliminating Tai Tzu Ying in the round-of-16, she disposed of the second-seeded Wang Yihan and Japanese star Nozumi Okuhara in the quarter-final and semi-finals, respectively. Spain’s Carolina Marin was the last hurdle en route to the ultimate prize.

While Sindhu lost to Marin in three sets, her silver medal was nonetheless an immense achievement for India.

PV Sindhu lived up to her billing at the Tokyo Olympics as well. On her way to the historic bronze, PV Sindhu did not drop a single game before the semis. She dominated the group stage and continued her charge in the knockouts, where she beat Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark in the last 16 and the number four seed from Japan, Yamaguchi Akane in the quarters.

Although she went down in the semi-final, PV Sindhu gave a tough fight to Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei. However, PV Sindhu recovered from the loss and showed great resilience to oust China's He Bing Jiao 21-13, 21-15 in the bronze medal match.

Aside from her international success, PV Sindhu plays in the domestic Premier Badminton League, captaining and playing for the Hyderabad Hunters.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Tokyo 2020

B
Women's Singles
Women's Singles Badminton
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Rio 2016

S
Singles
Singles Badminton