Standing tall at 5 feet 10 inches, P.V. Sindhu created history as she became India’s first ever woman silver medalist at the recently concluded Rio Olympics. It all began for Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, when she drew inspiration watching her future mentor Pullela Gopichand’s winning moments at the 2001 All-England Open Badminton Championships. Daughter to former volleyball players, Sindhu picked up the racquet and shuttlecock game over volleyball, as her choice of sport when she was only 8 years.
Breaking into the BWF Top 10 rank, Sindhu carried the expectations of 1.2 billion Indians to the finals of Rio Olympics Women’s Badminton. The 21-year old from Hyderabad showed her indomitable spirit and never-say-die attitude as she daringly took on World No. 1 Carolina Marin of Spain. Even though she did not win, she won the hearts of everyone around as she stood on the Olympics medal podium. Her journey to international stardom is one of hard-work, discipline and inspiration.
Described as a very dedicated and obedient student by her parents and mentors, Sindhu feels failures are as much a part of life and great learning experiences as successes. Sindhu believes that her Olympic Silver medal is big, but she now wants to achieve greater glory and conquer the Super Series and focus on bringing back the Gold for India at Tokyo 2020. Like any normal youngster, the ace shuttler loves to feast on junk food. Deprived from all that she loved in the build up to the Olympics, she says that she plans to concentrate on feasting on sweet yogurt, spicy biryani and ice cream for now before her vigorous training sessions begins again.