All England Open Badminton: A look at PV Sindhu's past performances
Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu is undeniably the brightest star in Indian badminton right now.
The Hyderabad-based player has won an Olympic silver medal at Rio 2016, the World Championship in 2019, alongside the countless other laurels she has won for the country.
She started playing badminton at the age of eight, drawing inspiration from Indian legend Pullela Gopichand, who is a 2001 All England Open Badminton Champion. After initial years of training under Mehboob Ali at the badminton courts of the Indian Railway Institute of Signal Engineering and Telecommunications in Secunderabad, she joined the Gopichand Academy and made a name for herself through her continuous efforts.
She has been such a consistent performer for India, attaining her best ranking of World No. 2 in April 2017. Most recently, she reached the final of the Swiss Open where she was defeated by arch-rival Carolina Marin.
She will be next seen in action at the All England Open Championships starting March 17, where her previous performances have been mixed. She will be looking to make her mark on the tournament this time around.
Let us have a look at how she fared at the prestigious tournament in the past.
First round, 2012
Sindhu made her maiden appearance at the All England Open Championships at the tender age of 16. She entered the main draw through the qualifiers but failed to overcome Taiwanese former World No.1 Tai Tzu-ying in the first round.
The Indian started the match on a positive note as she won the first game 21-14. But eventually lost the next two games 16-21, 19-21 to suffer an early defeat in the closely fought contest which gave the world a glimpse of her talent.
Second round, 2013
Sindhu went one step better in her second appearance at the All England Open Championships. In the 2013 edition, she beat her Thai opponent Busanan Ongbamrungphan 21-13, 21-18 in straight games in the first round, but lost 17-21, 14-21 to Juliane Schenk in the second.
First round, 2014
2014 was an eventful year for Sindhu. She was beginning to make the world sit up and take note of her talent. She reached the final of 2014 India Open Grand Prix Gold but lost to her compatriot and the more experienced Saina Nehwal.
But her meteoric rise continued. She would then claim her first Asian Badminton Championship medal (bronze) after beating Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the quarterfinal and clinched a third podium finish each at the World Championships, Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games in 2014.
Her performance at the All England Open Championships, however, was once again far from impressive as she lost 16-21, 15-21 to China's Sun Yu in the first round.
It should be noted that she was absent from the mega-event in 2015 due to a stress fracture which kept her away from the court for nearly six months.
First round, 2016
Sindhu's poor run at the event continued for the fourth year in a row as she was once again knocked out in the first round. It was, however, a closely fought contest as she lost 21-18, 17-21, 12-21 to unseeded Thai shuttler Porntip Buranaprasertsuk.
Sindhu could reflect on a much improved performance in 2017 as she entered her maiden quarter-final at the All England Open Championship.
In the first round, the Hyderbad shuttler beat M. Poulsen from Denmark 21-10, 21-11 in straight games. She tamed her Indonesian opponent D Ayustine 21-12, 21-4 in a lopsided contest in the second round.
Sindhu, however, struggled in the quarter-final against her familiar foe Tai Tzu-Ying, losing 14-21, 10-21.
Sindu recorded her best-ever performance at the All England Badminton Championships in 2018 as reached the semi-finals. She was seeded fourth at the event. It was, however, not an easy ride to the top four for the ace Indian shuttler as she had to overcome some major challenges.
In the first round against Thai shuttler Pornpawee Chochuwong, Sindhu lost the first game, before she bounced back. The next challenge for Sindhu was thrown by another Thai shuttler Nitchaon Jindapol in the second round. Sindhu began with a 21-13 win in the first game but lost the second 13-21. The Indian, then, held on to her nerves to win the decider 21-18 and march into the quarters.
Sindhu came from behind to beat seventh-seeded Nozomi Okuhara from Japan 20-22, 21-18, 21-18. Her campaign, however, came to an end against the second seed Akane Yamaguchi from Japan in the semi-finals as she lost a closely-fought match 21-19, 19-21, 18-21.
First round, 2019
2019, once again, turned out to be disappointing for the ace Indian shuttler as she went down fighting to Sung Ji-hyun from South Korea 16-21, 22-20, 18-21 in the first round.
Sixth-seeded Sindhu marched into the quarter-final of the All England Open Championships in 2020 with ease before she eventually lost to Nozomi Okuhara.
Sindhu began her campaign with a 21-14, 21-17 win over United States' Zhang Beiwen. She, then, beat Sung Ji-hyun 21-19, 21-15 to enter the quarter-finals.
The Indian started the quarters on a positive note as she won the first game 21-12 before falling to Okuhara 15-21, 13-21 to exit the championships.