PV Sindhu is an Indian professional badminton player. She is currently ranked world No. 3 in the BWF rankings. She is the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal, and the first Indian badminton player to win a silver at the Badminton World Championships.
Sindhu was born on 5 July 1995 in Hyderabad to P. V. Ramana and P. Vijaya, both of whom were former volleyball players of the Indian national team. She has a younger sister, PV Ravali. Sindhu started playing badminton at the age of eight, inspired by her mother who was a national-level volleyball player.
Sindhu won her first international tournament in the sub-junior level at the age of thirteen in the Philippines Open. In 2009, she won the Asian Junior Badminton Championships, becoming the first Indian to do so. The same year, she was also crowned the national champion in the under-19 category.
Sindhu made her debut at the senior level in the 2010 Syed Modi International Badminton Championships. She reached the quarterfinals of the tournament, where she lost to eventual winner Saina Nehwal.
In 2013, Sindhu won the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold tournament, defeating Japanese player Nozomi Okuhara in the final. This was her first title win at the senior level.
The following year, Sindhu reached the quarterfinals of the 2014 All England Open, becoming the first Indian woman to do so in the tournament’s history. She also reached the semifinals of the 2014 India Open Grand Prix Gold, losing to eventual winner Marin.
In 2015, Sindhu won the India Open Super Series tournament, defeating Chinese player Li Xuerui in the final. This was her first Super Series title win.
The 2016 Rio Olympics was Sindhu’s first Olympic appearance. She reached the semifinals, where she lost to eventual gold medalist Carolina Marin. Sindhu then went on to win the bronze medal match, defeating Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara, thus becoming the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal.
After the Olympics, Sindhu won the 2016 China Open Super Series Premier tournament, defeating Sun Yu in the final.
In 2017, Sindhu reached the final of the World Championships, losing to Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara. She also won the India Open Super Series tournament, defeating Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the final.
In 2018, Sindhu won the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, defeating Canada’s Michelle Li in the final. She also won the 2018 BWF World Tour Finals, defeating Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the final.
Sindhu’s 2019 began with a victory at the Malaysia Masters, defeating Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the final.
PV Sindhu has achieved a lot in her career so far. She is one of the most successful Indian badminton players of all time. Sindhu has won numerous international tournaments and has also won a silver medal at the Olympics.
PV Sindhu is only 23 years old and has a long career ahead of her. There is no doubt that she will continue to achieve great things in the years to come.