Pusarla Venkata Sindhu is an Indian professional badminton player. She made her international debut in the year 2009 and rose to the career-high in April 2017, when she became world number 2. She has won many medals including Olympic and BWF circuit, along with that she even won the 2019 World Championship. She is the first Indian to become the Badminton World Champion.
Pusarla was born in a family with a sports background, both her mother and father were national volleyball players. His father Ramana was a member of the Indian National Volleyball team hat won the bronze medal in 1986 Seoul Asian Games. He also won an Arjuna Award in the year 2000.
Sindhu lives in Hyderabad, Telangana, though her parents were national-level volleyball players she chose badminton. She chose badminton because she got inspired by Pullela Gopichand who later on even trained her.
The shuttler has turned 25 today let’s take a look at some of her achievements
She won her first international gold at the age of 16 in Commonwealth Youth Games. Till now she has won 5 international gold medals, which include a silver in 2018 Commonwealth Games, where she lost to Indian player Saina Nehwal in the final match. In the 2018 Commonwealth Games itself, she even won gold in the mixed team category. One of the biggest achievements of her was when she reached the Olympic Games final in 2016 but sadly lost to Spain’s Carolina Marin.
She has quite a few medals in World Badminton Championships as well, 1 gold, 2 silver, and 2 bronze medals. She won the 2019 World Badminton Championship held in Basel.
One of the amazing facts about her that most of the people don’t know is that Sindhu broke into the top-20 singles rankings at the age of just 17 years in 2012 when she caught the world’s attention after stunning London Olympics bold medallist China’s Li Xuerui.
She has even won some very prestigious national awards. She has won the Arjuna Award (2013), Padam Shri (2015), Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2016) and Padma Bhushan (2020).
She is one of the greatest Indian Badminton Players, she has achieved so much at a young age of 25. As she turns 25 today we wish her a very Happy Birthday.