No one gave P.V. Sindhu a big chance of winning a medal at the Rio Olympics. But lo! Here we are!
After a nerve-wracking 2 weeks of action and only one medal to India’s tally (courtesy Sakshi Malik), it was the 5 feet 11 ace shuttler from Hyderabad who came to her country’s rescue.
Ever overshadowed by the more successful Saina Nehwal, Sindhu was waiting for her moment to shine. And when Saina crashed out of the group stages at Rio Olympics, the spotlight shifted on the lone remaining hope in Women’s singles, P.V. Sindhu. The 21-year-old was never going to let go of the opportunity. She grabbed it with both hands.
Result? India has its first Olympics medal in Badminton and a Silver one too!
Here are a few lesser known facts about P.V. Sindhu – India’s New Sports Icon!
1. Born on July 5,1995 P.V. Sindhu is the youngest daughter of P.V. Ramana and P.Vijaya, both national-level volleyball players. Sindhu started playing badminton more like a pastime sport when she was six years old.
2. Sindhu took a real interest in the racquet sport only when she was 10. Mehboob Ali was her first coach who honed her skills and channelled her determination in the right direction.
3. During her early days, Sindhu was not allowed by her seniors to play along with them. She was instructed by her coach to do wall practice till the wall paint peeled off from her shuttle smashes. She never grumbled and only kept going.
4. She had to travel 56 kms every day for her training at Gopichand’s Academy. Sindhu’s training began at 4.30 am and she was never late once.
5. Sindhu who has an aggressive game and character on the court is completely different off of it. She is a soft-natured girl by nature with a liking for movies and music.
6. P.V. Sindhu is the first ever women’s singles player to win a medal at World Championships (She won a bronze in World Championships 2013).
7. Sindhu won an Arjuna award at the young age of 18. She is also a proud recipient of Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honour which was awarded to her in 2015.
8. She beat arch rival Carolina Marin at the Indian Open Super Series on 6th April, 2017, clinching her 2nd Super Series singles title along with the 2nd position in the Open.
Still 21, Sindhu has years of play left in her and is the brightest young prospect to watch out for in future.
Hope she makes the country prouder in years to come 🙂