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P V Sindhu

Badminton - Olympics: Day 14

Full NamePusarla Venkata Sindhu

BornJuly 5, 1995

Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)



Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, known as PV Sindhu, is an Indian professional badminton player. She was born on July 5 1995 in Hyderabad. One of the youngest and most talented players of contemporary times, Sindhu has featured in the top 10 of the world rankings, for most parts of her career.


P V Sindhu got her first taste of badminton from Pullela Gopichand, and drew inspiration from him. She started playing badminton when she was eight years old and later joined Gopichand’s Badminton Academy.

Sindhu’s first major recognition came in the form of the 5th Servo All India ranking championship in the under-10 category. In the under-13 category, she won the doubles titles at the Sub-Junior Nationals and the All India Ranking in Pune. At the 51st National School Games in India, she won the gold medal in under-14 category.

Early Achievements

P. V. Sindhu didn’t need much time to establish herself as a promising player in the global arena. She made her international debut in 2009 at The Sub-Junior Asian Badminton Championships. She introduced herself to the world by winning a bronze medal in her first international competition. She later finished as runner-up in the 2010 Iran Fajr International Badminton Challenge, and reached the quarterfinals of the 2010 Junior World Badminton Championships in Mexico. At the age of 17, she won the Asian Junior Championships.


Sindhu’s first Grand Prix win came in 2013, when she defeated Singapore’s Gu Juan to clinch the Malaysian Open title. Her form continued at The World Championships in 2013, where she went on to win the bronze medal. She repeated the same feat next year, becoming the first player from India to win a medal at The World Championships for two consecutive years. She also competed in her first Commonwealth Games later that year, where she reached the semifinals.

Career History and Achievements

BWF Super Series/ BWF World Tour

YearTournaments PlayedTitles/ Position
2010BWF World Junior ChampionshipQuarter Finals
2012Fuzhou China OpenSemi Finals
2015Denmark OpenFinals / Silver
2016Olympics1st Runner up / Silver Medal
2016China OpenWinner/Gold
2017India OpenWinner/Gold
2017Korea OpenWinner/Gold
2017French OpenSemi Finals
2018All England OpenSemi Finals
2018Malaysia OpenSemi Finals
2018BWF World Tour FinalsWinner/ Gold
2019BWF World ChampionshipWinner
2019Singapore OpenSemi Finals
2019Indonesia OpenFinals/ 1st Runner up

BWF Grand Prix Gold and Grand Prix

YearTournaments PlayedTitles/ Position
2010India OpenSecond Round
2011Dutch OpenFinals/Silver
2014Swiss OpenSemi Finals
2016German OpenQuarter Finals
2016China MastersQuarter Finals
2017Syed Modi InternationalWinner/Gold
2018Thailand OpenFinals/Silver
2013, 2014, 2015Macau OpenWinner/Gold
2013, 2016Malaysia MastersWinner/Gold
2015, 2018, 2019Indonesian MastersQuarter Finals

Commonwealth Games

2018Commonwealth Games, AustraliaSilver
2014Commonwealth Games, ScotlandBronze

South Asian Games

2016South Asian Games 2018, IndiaSilver

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