PV Sindhu Wins Gold at the BWF World Tour Finals

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PV Sindhu has once again proved that no matter how hard it is to achieve your goals, commitment and determination is all what you need to fulfill your dreams. PV Sindhu has made a remarkable history by being the first Indian to win gold at the BWF World Tour Finals in China. She has made our nation proud by winning the tournament against Nozomi Okuhara of Japan who was a tough competitor. PV Sindhu is a true inspiration to everyone. After losing the tournament, she was determined and ended the season finale unbeaten. PV Sindhu has worked hard and played Badminton since a very young age. She is the first woman who won silver medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 and made every Indian proud. She suffered much heartbreak in tournaments in recent years but her struggle to win the medal and never-to-die attitude towards the game has made her win the trophy.

Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, popularly known as PV Sindhu, was born in Hyderabad on 5th July 1995.  She is an Indian professional Badminton Player. She comes from a sports family. Her parents PV Ramana and P Vijaya were former Volley Ball players at national level. Her father was a member of the Indian Volleyball team and won Bronze medal in Seoul Asian Games in 1986. He was awarded with the famous Arjuna Award in 2000 for his dedication in sports.  Although her parents played Volleyball, she had interest in some other sport. Badminton attracted her most. She was inspired from the success of Pullela Gopichand who was the All England Open Badminton Champion in 2011. Finally, she started playing badminton at the age of eight. She learnt the basics of the game in the guidance of Mehboob Ali and later joined in Pullela Gopichand’s Badminton academy in Hyderabad. During the time of training, Gopichand noticed her true passion and determination towards the sport and never-ending spirit.

PV Sindhu, after joining Gopichand badminton Academy, started winning several prizes at the age of ten. She played and won under 10 categories at the 5th Servo All India Ranking Championship in doubles, and singles in Ambuja Cement All India Ranking.  She won many titles in singles and doubles in under 13 categories. She also won a gold medal under 14 team, at the 51st National School Games in India. Some of her achievements are as follows.

2009: Won Bronze medal in sub-junior Asian Badminton Championship held in Colombo.

2010: Won Silver medal in Iran Fajr International Badminton Championship in

singles category.

2011: Won Asian Junior Championship in Lucknow in the category of Girl’s singles as well as mixed team.

Won Commonwealth Young Games held in Douglas in the category of Girl’s singles.

2012: Won the title in Asian Youths Championship under 19 category against Japanese player Nozomi Okuhara.

Runner-up in Syed Modi India Grand Prix Gold event held in Lucknow.

2013: Won Malaysian Open Title against Singapore and this was the first Grand Prix Gold title achieved by her.

Won in the World Championship and became India’s first medalist in women’s single category.

Won Macau Open Grand Prix Gold title against Canada.

2014: Won Bronze medal in BWF World Championship held in Denmark.

Won the title in Asian games held in Incheon in the category of women’s team.

Won the title in Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow in women’s single category.

Won Uber Cup in the category of women’s team.

Won the title in Asian Championship in the women’s single category.

2015: Won Macau Open Grand Prix Gold title for the third time.

2016: Won Malaysia Master Grand Prix Gold title in women’s single category after 2013.

She faced Carolina Marin in the finals of Rio Olympics 2016 with a tough fight and acquired Silver medal. Thus, created a record as the first Indian Woman as Silver Medalist in Badminton.

2017: Won Indian Open Superseries title against Carolina Marin.

Won Silver medal in BWF World Championships held in Glasgow.

Won Korean Open Superseries title and became the first Indian woman to defeat Korea.

Runner-up in Dubai World Superseries.

2018: Won Gold in mixed team event and Silver in women’s singles in 2018 Commonwealth Games held in Australia.

Won Silver in women’s singles category in Asian Games held at Jakarta, Indonesia.

She won Silver in 2018 BWF World Championships in women’s singles in Nanzing, China.

Recently on December 16, she created a history by defeating the strongest contestant Nozomi Okuhara of Japan and making a marvelous victory. PV Sindhu has become the first Indian to win the season ending BWF World Tour Finals in Guangzhou, China.

She was also honored with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award for badminton in 2013, Arjuna Award in 2013, and Padmashree Award in 2016. After setting a record in Rio Olympics 2016, she was showered with many gifts. The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Nara Chandrababu Naidu rewarded 3 Crore Rupees along with a plot of 1,000 square yards in Amaravathi, which is the Capital of Andhra Pradesh as well as a Group 1 officer post of her choice. Her coach Pullela Gopichand was also rewarded with 50 Lakh Rupees and a land in Amaravathi to form an Academy. The Chief Minister of Telangana Kalvakuntla Chandrasekhar Rao awarded a cash prize of 5 Crore Rupees along with a plot of land in Hyderabad and also Group 1 officer post. She was also gifted a BMW car from Hyderabad District Badminton Association as well as Sachin Tendulkar.  Apart from these, she is honored with many such rewards for her outstanding performance in the field of Badminton and making India a Proud Nation.

P.V.Sindhu, thanks for being an inspiration to every woman and hope your success follows throughout your life.