PV Sindhu set foot in the quarter-finals

PV Sindhu set foot in the quarter-finals | 2 wins to go for her second Olympics Medal

The World No. 7 female badminton player, hailing from India stormed into the quarterfinals by defeating The World No.12 Mia Blichfeldlt. It took her only 41 minutes to secure her place in the quarterfinals of women’s singles badminton event by beating the Danish shutter 21-15, 21-13 in her Round of 16 match at the Musashino Forest Plaza in Tokyo. Sindhu will most probably face the winner of the Round of 16 match between 4th seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan and 12th seed Kim in the upcoming quarter-final. 

P V SindhuSindhu, being aware about the aggressive nature of Mia started the game with an even overpowering aggressive uproar and ultimately defeated her opponent. The two shuttlers, in fact, met twice in 2021 and Sindhu successfully avenged her defeat at the Thailand Open in the Swiss Open. The Rio Olympics silver medalist is only two wins away from her second medal at Olympics and becoming the first Indian woman to achieve this feat. 

PV Sindhu | Formative years and Training

Pusarla Venkata Sindhu was born (5 July 1995) and raised by parents who have both been national level volleyball players. PV Ramana, her father, was a member of the Indian volleyball team that won the bronze medal in 1986 Seoul Asian Games. He also received the Arjuna Award in 2000 for his contribution to the sport. However she chose badminton as she drew her inspiration from the veteran badminton player, Pullela Gopichand. His victory in the 2001 All England Open Badminton Champion moved Sindhu to pick the badminton racket. She eventually started playing badminton from the early age of eight. Mehboob Ali taught her the basics of badminton at the badminton courts of Indian Railway Institute of Signal Engineering and Telecommunications in Secunderabad. Soon after, she joined Pullela Gopichand’s Gopichand Badminton Academy and her career and skills skyrocketed.

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Even as a kid Pusarla won several titles. 

  • She won the 5th Servo All India ranking championship in the doubles category and the singles title at the Ambuja Cement All India ranking in the under-10 years category.
  • In the under-13 years category, she won the singles title at the Sub-juniors in Pondicherry, doubles titles at the Krishna Khaitan All India Tournament IOC All India Ranking, the Sub-Junior Nationals and the All India Ranking in Pune.
  • She also won the under-14 team gold medal at the 51st National State Games in India.

Achievements

Event
Tournament
Medal
Olympic Games
2016 Rio de Janeiro
Women’s Single
 

Silver
World Championship
2019 Basel
2017 Glasgow
2018 Nanjing
2014 Guangzhou
2013 Copenhagen 
Women’s Single
Women’s Single
Women’s Single
Women’s Single
Women’s Single
Gold
Silver
Silver
Bronze
Bronze
Uber Cup
2016 Kunshan
2014 New Delhi
Women’s Team
Women’s Team
Bronze
Bronze
Asian Games
2018 Jakarta-Palembang
2014 Incheon
Women’s Singles
Women’s Team
Silver
Bronze
Commonwealth Games
2018 Gold Coast
2018 Gold Coast
2014 Glasgow
Mixed Team
Women’s Singles
Women’s Singles
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Asian Championships
2014 Gimcheon
Women’s Singles
Bronze
South Asian Games
2016 Guwahati-Shillong
2016 Guwahati-Shillong
Women’s Team
Women’s Singles
Gold
Silver
Commonwealth Youth Games
2011 Douglas
Girls’ Singles
Gold
Asian Junior Championships
2012 Gimsheon
2011 Lucknow
2011 Lucknow
 

Girls’ Singles
Girls’ Singles
Mixed Team
Gold
Bronze 
Bronze

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Honors, Awards and Recognitions

  • In January 2020 she was honored with Padma Bhushan Award, the third-highest civilian award in India.
  • She was also honoured with Padma Shri Award, the fourth highest civilian award in India, in March 2015
  • On 29 August 2016 she received  the highest sporting honour of India, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. 
  • She was also bestowed with Arjuna Award for badminton on 24 September 2013

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She also achieved : 

  • FICCI Breakthrough Sportsperson of the Year 2014
  • NDTV Indian of the Year 2014
  • ₹1 million (US$14,000) from the Badminton Association of India, for her victory in the 2015 Macau Open Badminton Championships.
  • ₹500,000 (US$7,000) from the Badminton Association of India, for her victory in the 2016 Malaysia Masters
  • TV9 Nava Nakshatra Sanmanam – 2019
  • BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year 2020

Endorsements

PV Sindhu was tied at 13th on Forbes’ List of Highest-Paid Female Athletes in 2019. She has endorsement deals with various giant firms like JBL, Bridgestone Tyres, sports drink Gatorade, pain reliever ointment Moov, online fashion store Myntra, e-commerce portal Flipkart, phone maker Nokia and electronics major Panasonic.P V Sindhu

Not only that she also endorses Stayfree, health drink Boost, honey producer APIS Himalaya, herbal health drink firm Ojasvita and the Bank of Baroda. She is also a brand ambassador for both the Central Reserve Police Force and Vizag Steel. Sindhu is also the Brand Ambassador of Visa for 2 years.

SAIKHOM MIRABAI CHANU

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