Every Indian was glued to their TV screens, with their hearts brimming with hope and chance swirling in their head. No, it wasn’t a cricket match between India and Pakistan, but a badminton woman singles final match at Rio Olympics between P.V Sindhu and Carolina Marin. A match that nobody would forget.
P.V Sindhu did not just give India a silver medal that night but a lot more. She proved India to be a country that is much more than just cricket playing nation. She brought the country together that night, all cricket fanatics and critics alike. She inspired the coming generation to keep going with their sport or to adopt sport altogether. That night India won despite losing the finals. Thanks to shuttle P.V Sindhu for her courageous and mind blowing smashes.
But her journey to being one of the adroit badminton players of the world did not happen overnight. It took as long as 13 years for her to reach this stage. Being 21 years of age, we can see that she began filling this ocean of greatness drop by drop since a very early age. And here she is, creating a history of being India’s first ever badminton player to get silver in Olympics, breaking another ace shuttler Saina Nehwal’s bronze medal record at Olympics.
Let us have at glimpse at Pusarla Venkata Sindhu’s badminton career.
P.V Sindhu is born on 5th of July 1995 to a family of volleyball players. She had sports in her blood, but she chose her path of badminton over her parent’s arena of volleyball.
At the tender age of 8 years, P.V Sindhu began with her coaching with Mehboob Ali at the badminton courts of Indian Railway Institute of Signal Engineering and Telecommunications in Secunderabad.
With her mind set on the game, she practiced well with all her soul, the result of which was seen in a couple of years; in 2005 when she won 5th Servo All India ranking championship in the under-10 category and also claimed singles title at the Ambuja Cement All India ranking at the young age of 10. These achievements gave the boost to her as an athlete which further created her mark in the domestic arena of badminton when she turned a teenager.
At the age of the 13, P.V Sindhu went on to win the win doubles titles in the Under-13 category at IOC All India Ranking, Krishna Khaitan All India Tournament, the Sub-Junior Nationals and the All India Ranking in Pune. This was sure enough to claim her as a badminton prodigy. Soon P.V Sindhu shifted practice base and welcomed Coach Gopichand in her life which bore many fruits in her badminton career. And a year later in 2009, she won the gold medal just at the age of 14, at 51st national games in India and was acknowledged as the force to reckoned with.
The year 2009 proved to be very crucial for her as she did not just debuted internationally at the age of 14 but also won the bronze medal in Sub-Junior Asian Badminton Championships held in Colombo. Now her winning spree was unstoppable. A year later at the age of 15, she won the silver medal at the in the women's singles at the Iran Fajr International Badminton Challenge. This achievement opened her gates to the national team of India at the 2010 Uber Cup.
Four years before creating a history at Rio Olympics P.V Sindhu proved her mettle by defeating china’s Li Xuerui, who is currently placed at number 2 position in the world rankings, at the Asia Youth Under 19 Championship by winning the gold medal. And once again she created another record of becoming India’s first medalist in women’s singles at the badminton World Championships as secured the bronze medal at the Malaysian open which was her maiden Grand Prix Gold Title in the year 2013.
It is no surprise that by now she was awarded the Arjuna Award, one of the highest honors for a sportsperson in the country. By the age of 19, She was accolades back to back. Bronze at 2104 Uber Cup, bagged her third successive women's singles title at the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold and also defeated well-seeded players like Carolina Marin, wang than and Tai Tzu-Ying at the Denmark open.
Her hard work was honored with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of the country.Currently, P.V Sindhu stands at the number 10th position next to Saina Nehwal in the world rankings. It would not be wrong to say that one day we can see her name on the top. We wish her well in her career, hoping to see much more accolades to her name.