By Vanshika Thakur
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, a global badminton superstar, already established herself as one of the finest players to have played the game at a young age. Sindhu has seen herself grow into one of India’s biggest sports stars through her numerous international titles, rivaling the stardom that only a cricketer in this country dreams of.
On the eve of her 25th birthday, here we take a look at her personal and professional career’s fascinating and few lesser known facts.
- PV Ramana and P Vijaya both of Sindhu’s parents played volleyball at national level. In reality, Ramana was also honored for his contribution and achievements with the prestigious Arjuna Award.
- Pullela Gopichand- India’s badminton legend has been her idol. Sindhu first started training under Mehboob Ali in Secundarabad after falling in love with the sport at a young age and later joined Gopichand ‘s academy to improve her skills.
- In 2012, when she caught the attention of the world after dazzling London Olympics bold medallist Li Xuerui, Sindhu entered into the top 20 singles rankings at the age of just 17.
- She became the first Indian female shuttler to win a gold at the World Championships in 2013, clinching two back to back bronze on the next edition . She then clinched two consecutive world championship silver medals in 2017 and 2018.
- She created history in 2019, ending her long wait to win a gold at World Championships beating Japan’s NozomiOkuhara in the summit clash and thus becoming the first shuttler in the history of Indian badminton to do so.
- Sindhu was named BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year in March 2020.