“After a string of silv er medals, the 24-year-old ace badminton player overcame stiff challenges to become the world champion after winning her first gold in the BWF World Championships tournament.”
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu aka PV Sindhu, who came to international attention after breaking into the top 20 of the Badminton World Federation world ranking in September 2012 at the age of 17, has recently made India proud by winning a gold in the Badminton World Championships. She was born to PV Ramana and P Vijaya (both national level volleyball players) in Hyderabad. Though she comes from a family of players, she always wanted to be a doctor. Taking inspiration from the success of Pullela Gopichand, the 2001 All England Open Badminton Champion, she decided to take up badminton as her career choice.
Early & Wonderful Beginning
PV Sindhu started playing at an early age of eight and learnt the basics under the guidance of Mehboob Ali, on the badminton courts of Indian Railway Institute of Signal Engineering and Telecommunications in Secunderabad. Later as we all know, she joined Pullela Gopichand’s badminton academy. The badminton player made her international debut in 2009 and rose to number two in April 2017. Since 2013, Sindhu brought home medals each year from the World Championships with an exception in 2015. Not only this, Sindhu represented India at the 2016 Summer Olympics and was the first Indian badminton player to reach a final. At the 2016 China Open, Sindhu won her first superseries title and won a silver medal each at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2018 Asian Games, and two bronze medals at the Uber Cup. The star badminton player is also recipient of the prestigious sports honour Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, and India’s fourth highest civilian award, the Padma Shri.
Gold for India
In August 2019, PV Sindhu returned home after winning a gold at the BWF World Championships tournament. “The feeling of being a world champion is yet to sink in,” she said as she headed home for a well-deserved celebration. With this victory, Sindhu has become the first Indian to win a gold at the Badminton World Championships by beating rival Nozomi Okuhara of Japan. “It is a very happy moment, as I have been waiting for this win. I had two bronze and two silver and I missed the gold last year,” she added. When asked how did she feel after becoming the world champion, she smiled and said, “It took me a long time to digest the fact that I have become a champion. It was a very big match. I was thinking about the points, the matches I played going into the final. It was a wonderful feeling, the feeling of becoming the world champion, but I didn’t eat anything for a long time after the match ended.”
Elaborating her feeling after the match, PV Sindhu said that she was at loss for words as the tricolour flew high and the Indian national anthem played on while she stood with her head held high, making her country proud. “It was a proud moment for me when I was standing there on the podium, an emotional moment when the flag was flying high and the national anthem playing. It gives me so much more confidence to do better in the future,” she added.
Dedicating the Victory
The 24-year-old badminton champion also spoke about her previous experiences and thanked her fans for the victory. “Last time I lost in the finals and the year before also I lost the finals. I am very happy this time, it was a very important win for me. I would like to thank the crowd because it means a lot. Every time they were there for my match. They cheered for me. Big thanks to all of you. I won for my country. I am very proud of it being an Indian,” she said. While Pullela Gopichand hailed her victory, she did not forget to thank her coaches for all the support she has received and dedicated the gold to her mother as it was her birthday on the day of the match.