Get to know P. V. Sindhu, who forged through the recent Rio Games, and won an Olympic Silver.
Ms. Pusarala Venkata Sindhu, born on 5th July 1995 in Hyderabad, is the youngest among the two daughters of Shri P. V. Ramana and Smt. P. V. Vijaya, both former volleyball players of repute. Shri P. V. Ramana, who has represented Indian Railways and India in several international tourneys, is the recipient of Arjuna Award in 2000. Both the parents were recruited through Sports Quota in South Central Railway. Shri P. V. Ramana is serving as Assistant Sports Officer, Secunderabad while Smt. P. V. Vijaya opted out of service through voluntary retirement to dedicate time to her daughter.
Ms. P. V. Sindhu chose badminton over other games, drawing inspiration from the exploits of Shri Pullela Gopichand, her present Coach, who himself has been a name to reckon internationally. She took up the shuttle racket at the age of 8 years and was groomed initially at the badminton courts of Indian Railway Institute of Signal Engineering (IRISET), Secunderabad by Shri Mahboob Ali. Soon after, she joined the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy, Gachibowli, Hyderabad, where she started honing her skills under the watchful eye of Gopichand.
Ms. P. V. Sindhu completed her schooling from Auxillium School, Mahindra Hills, Secunderabad near her residence at Marredpalli, enabling her to better manage her time for training. She graduated from St. Ann’s Women’s College, Mehdipatnam, Hyderabad. The initial few years of her coaching was too strenuous for anyone to bear and perhaps reflected her determination. She used to travel everyday from Marredpalli to Gachibowli academy, a distance of around 30 km with her father.
Recognition started coming to her soon after she joined Gopichand’s Badminton Academy. Several titles came her way. The first Single’s title she won was at the Ambuja Cement All India Badminton Tournament and the Doubles title at the 5th Servo All India Ranking Championship, both in under 10 years category. She made her presence felt on the international circuit with a Bronze Medal at the 2009 Sub-Junior Asian Badminton Championship in Colombo. She also secured a place in the Indian National Team at the 2010 Uber Cup.
Amongst the individual titles that she won are the Macau Open for three consecutive years from 2013 to 2015, Indonesia International-2011 and Malaysia Masters in 2013 and very recently in 2016. She also finished Runners up in Dutch Open – 2011, Syed Modi International in 2012 and 2014, Denmark Open in 2015 and in South Asian Games – 2016.