P. V. Sindhu
P. V. Sindhu

P. V. Sindhu

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Pusarla Venkata Sindhu (born 5 July 1995) is an Indian professional badminton player. Having made her international debut in 2009, she rose to a career high ranking of no. 2 in April 2017. Over the course of her career, Pusarla has won medals at numerous tournaments on the BWF circuit including a gold at the 2019 World Championships. Pusarla came to international attention when she broke into the top 20 of the BWF World Ranking in September 2012 at the age of 17. Beginning in 2013, Pusarla won a medal at every world championships, with the exception of 2015. She is just the second woman after Zhang Ning to win five or more medals at the world championships. Pusarla represented India at the 2016 Summer Olympics, becoming the first Indian badminton player to reach a final. She won the silver medal after losing out to Spain's Carolina Marin.Pusarla won her first superseries title at the 2016 China Open and followed it up with four more finals in 2017, winning the titles in Korea and India. In addition to that, she has won a silver medal each at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2018 Asian Games, and two bronze medals at the Uber Cup. With earnings of US$8.5 and $5.5 million respectively, Pusarla made the Forbes' list of Highest-Paid Female Athletes in 2018 and 2019. She is the recipient of the sports honour Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, and India's fourth highest civilian award, the Padma Shri.

Early life and training

Pusarla Venkata Sindhu was born in Hyderabad to P. V. Ramana and P. Vijaya. Both her parents have been national level volleyball players. Her father, Ramana, who was a member of the Indian volleyball team that won the bronze medal in 1986 Seoul Asian Games, received the Arjuna Award in 2000 for his contribution to the sports. She has an elder sister, Dr. P. V. Divya, who was a national-level handball player. However, she was not interested in pursuing professional sports and became a doctor. Pusarla lives in Hyderabad. Though her parents played professional volleyball, Pusarla chose badminton over it because she drew inspiration from the success of Pullela Gopichand, the 2001 All England Open Badminton Champion. She eventually started playing badminton from the age of eight. Pusarla first learned the basics of the sport with the guidance of Mehboob Ali 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. While profiling Pusarla's career, a correspondent with The Hindu wrote: "The fact that she reports on time at the coaching camps daily, traveling a distance of 56 km from her residence, is perhaps a reflection of her willingness to complete her desire to be a good badminton player with the required hard work and commitment." Gopichand seconded this correspondent's opinion when he said that "the most striking feature in Sindhu's game is her attitude and the never-say-die spirit." After joining Gopichand's badminton academy, Pusarla won several titles. In the under-10 years category, 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-13 years category, Pusarla 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.

Career

In the international circuit, Pusarla was a bronze medalist at the 2009 Sub-Junior Asian Badminton Championships held in Colombo. At the 2010 Iran Fajr International Badminton Challenge, she won the silver medal in the singles category. Pusarla reached the quarterfinals of the 2010 Junior World Badminton Championships that was held in Mexico. She was a team member in India's national team at the 2010 Uber Cup.

2012

On 14 June , Pusarla lost to Germany's Juliane Schenk in the Indonesia Open, 21–14, 21–14. On 7 July , she won Asian Youths Under 19 Championship beating Japanese Player Nozomi Okuhara in final by 18–21, 21–17, 22–20. In the Li Ning China Masters Super Series tournament she stunned London Olympics gold medallist Li Xuerui of China, beating her 21–19, 9–21, 21–16 and entered the semifinals but lost to 4th seeded Jiang Yanjiao of China by 10–21, 21–14, 19–21 in the semifinals. A lot was expected from Pusarla in the Japan Open after her exploits in the China Open, given China pulled many of its players out of the tournament citing security reasons. But she bowed out in the second round to Korean shuttler Bae Yeon Ju for 21–10, 12–21, 18–21. Pusarla then went on to participate in the 77th of Senior National Badminton Championships held at Srinagar. She was defeated in the finals by Sayali Gokhale for 15–21, 21–15, 15–21. It was later revealed that Pusarla injured her knee in the China Open and she carried this injury through the Japan Open and the nationals. She decided to skip the World Junior Championships so as not to aggravate the injury. Pusarla finished runner-up in the Syed Modi India Grand Prix Gold event held in Lucknow in December . She didn't lose a single set coming into the final, but was upset by the Indonesian Linda Weni Fanetri for 21–15, 18–21, 21–18. She reached her career best ranking of 15.

2013

She won Malaysian open title , beating her opponent from Singapore, Gu Juan, by 21–17, 17–21, 21–19. This was Pusarla's first Grand Prix Gold title. On 8 August , Pusarla defeated the defending champion, second-seeded Wang Yihan of China, to enter the women's quarterfinals at the BWF World Championships. The 18-year-old, 10th-seeded Pusarla won 21–18, 23–21 in 54 minutes to set-up a meeting with another Chinese player, Wang Shixian. She beat Wang Shixian 21–18, 21–17 to become India's first medalist in women's singles at the World Championships. In the Indian Badminton League, Pusarla was the captain of the team Awadhe Warriors. Her team qualified for the semifinal, where they beat Mumbai Marathas, but lost in the final to Hyderabad HotShots. She won Macau Open Grand Prix Gold title by defeating Canada's Michelle Li on 1 December . The top-seeded 18-year-old won the match 21–15, 21–12 in 37 minutes. She was awarded the Arjun Award by Government of India.

2014

Pusarla reached the semifinal stage of Commonwealth Games in the women's singles competition, which she lost to Michelle Li of Canada. Pusarla later created history by becoming the first Indian to win two back-to-back medals in the BWF World Badminton Championships after her bronze medal finish in BWF World Championships held in Denmark. Pusarla defeated Wang Shixian in three sets 19–21, 21–19, 21–15, with the match lasting more than an hour. She had earlier defeated Bae Yeon-ju in the third round with 19–21, 22–20, and 25–23. However, she lost to the eventual gold medalist, Carolina Marin, in straight sets and had to settle with bronze medal together with Minatsu Mitani.

2015

In October, playing at the Denmark Open, Pusarla reached to her maiden final of a Super Series event. On her route to the final, she defeated three seeded players, namely Tai Tzu-ying, Wang Yihan and Carolina Marin. In the final, she lost to the defending champion Li Xuerui in straight games by 19–21, 12–21. In November, defending champion P. V. Sindhu won her third successive women's singles title at the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold after defeating Japan's Minatsu Mitani in the final by 21–9, 21–23, 21–14.

2016

In January, Pusarla won the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold women's singles title after beating Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour in the final. She had also won this tournament in 2013. In the Premier Badminton league, Pusarla was the captain of Chennai Smashers team. In the group league, she won all of the five matches to help her team qualify for the semifinal and won the tournament against Mumbai Rockets. At the women's singles event, at Rio Olympics Pusarla was drawn with Hungarian Laura Sárosi and Canadian Michelle Li in Group M. During the group stage matches, she beat Laura Sárosi (2–0) and Michelle Li (2–1). Further she ousted Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu-ying (2–0) in the round of 16 to meet the second seed Wang Yihan in the quarterfinals, whom she defeated in straight sets. Pusarla later faced the Japanese Nozomi Okuhara in the semifinals, won in straight sets, and ensuring her a podium finish. This set the stage for her final showdown with top seed from Spain, Carolina Marín. Marin managed to beat Pusarla in three sets in the 83-minute match. With that result, Pusarla clinched the silver medal. She charted history of achieving the feat as she is youngest and first female individual to bag an Olympic Silver medal representing India. This was the second instance of podium finish at the Olympics by any Indian badminton player.

2017

In the India Open Superseries, Pusarla won the title by defeating Carolina Marin in straight games. In April , she achieved a career-high world ranking of number 2. In the BWF World Championships held from 21 to 27 August at Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland, Pusarla had to settle for silver after losing to Japan's Nozomi Okuhara in the finals with scores 19–21, 22–20, 20–22. Pusarla defeated Okuhara in the final of the Korea Open Super Series by 22–20, 11–21, 21–18, thereby becoming the first Indian to win Korea Open. In August, she took charges as Deputy Collector in Krishna District in the Chief Commissioner of Land Administration (CCLA) office under the Revenue Department of the Government of Andhra Pradesh. In the same month she played the BWF World Championships where she was seeded fourth. After receiving a bye in the first round, she defeated Kim Hyo Min of Korea 21-16, 21-14. In her third round, she defeated Cheung Ngan Yi 19-21, 23-21, 21-17 in a close match to reach her third quarterfinals at the world championships. Her next opponent was Sun Yu of China. Pusarla registered a comfortable 21-14, 21-9 victory over her opponent to progress to her first ever semi-finals at the tournament and guaranteed herself of a third medal at the world championships. She defeated yet another Chinese opponent Chen Yufei 21-13, 21-10 to progress into her first final. In the final she played against Nozomi Okuhara and lost the match 19-21, 22-20, 20-22 in a nail biting encounter. She won her first silver medal at the world championships and her final against Okuhara is widely regarded as one the best ever women's singles final. In Dubai World Superseries Finals, she finished as the runner-up after being defeated by Japan's Akane Yamaguchi 21–15 12–21 19–21 in 94 minutes.

2018

At the prestigious All England Open, Pusarla made it to the top 4, before losing to world number 3 Akane Yamaguchi in the semifinal with the score 21–19, 19–21, 18–21. This is Pusarla's best performance at the All England Open Championships. Pusarla competed at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, winning a gold in the mixed team event and a silver medal in the women's singles event. Pusarla in the World Championships won her second consecutive silver medal and her total fourth. On 16 December , Pusarla made history by becoming the first Indian to win the season-ending BWF World Tour Finals tournament in Guangzhou, China. Pusarla clinched silver title in Asian games and was defeated by world number one Tai Tzu-Ying in the final.Asian Games : P. V. Sindhu nets the silver Ace shuttler P. V. Sindhu clinched a historic silver medal in Women's Singles Badminton event as she became the first Indian to finish second on the podium in the Asian Games. At the BWF World Championships in August, Pusarla was seeded third. She began her campaign defeating Fritriani of Indonesia 21-14, 21-9. In her third round match she defeated Sung Ji Huyn of Korea 21-10, 21-18 to make her fourth quarterfinal appearance at the world championships. Her next opponent was the defending champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan who she had lost the finals to in 2017. Pusarla ousted the world champion in straight games 21-17, 21-19 to reach her second consecutive semi-finals at the prestigious tournament. Pusarla further reached her second consecutive finals of the world championships by beating Akane Yamaguchi of Japan 21-16, 24-22 to set up final showdown with Carolina Marin of Spain. Pusarla won her second silver medal and her fourth overall medal at the world championships after she was defeated in the final 19-21, 10-21. Pusarla was the only female shuttler from India to qualify for the prestigious BWF World Tour Finals. In the group stage, she was placed in Group A along with Tai Tzu Ying, Akane Yamaguchi, and Beiwen Zhang. In her first match, she defeated Akane Yamaguchi 24-22, 21-15 in straight games. In her second group stage match, she defeated the top seed and world number 1 Tai Tzu Ying 14-21, 21-16, 21-18 in three games. In her third match, she defeated Beiwen Zhang comfortably 21-9, 21-15 to progress to the semi-finals. In the semi-final she defeated former world champion and former world number 1, Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 21-16, 25-23. In the final, she defeated rival Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-19, 21-17. Pusarla ended creating history by becoming the first Indian to win the season-ending BWF World Tour Finals.She won the title without losing a single match in the group stage.

Endorsements

Post her Olympic Silver medal win in 2016, P. V. Sindhu became a household name in India. An Economic Times report published in March 2017, said that she is second only to Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli when it comes to earnings from brand endorsements. Pusarla charges brands anywhere between ₹10 million (US$140,000) and ₹12.5 million (US$180,000) for a single day of endorsement-related activities. Pusarla has endorsement deals with 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. 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. In February 2019, it was announced that Pusarla had signed a four-year sports sponsorship deal to the tune of ₹500 million (US$7.2 million) with Chinese sports brand Li Ning. Pusarla's deal is one of the biggest in world badminton. Pusarla reportedly will get ₹400 million (US$5.8 million) as sponsorship while the rest of the money will be for equipment. This was Li-Ning's second stint with Pusarla, who was with them for two years in 2014-2015 for a sum of ₹12.5 million (US$180,000) a year. In 2016, Pusarla was back with Yonex for a ₹35 million (US$510,000) per year contract for a period of three years.

Career overview

Singles Played Wins Losses Balance Total* 416 295 121 +174 Current year (2019)* 3 2 1 +1 Doubles Played Wins Losses Balance Total* 20 10 10 0 Current year (2019)* 0 0 0 0 * Statistics were last updated on 19 December 2017.

Singles performance timeline

Key W F SF QF #R RR Q# A SF-B S G NH N/A Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR Best BWF events BWF World Junior Championships 2R QF 3R A N/A 0/3 QF ('10) BWF World Championships A NH B B QF NH S S G 1/6 G ('19) Olympics NH DNQ NH S NH 0/1 S ('16) BWF Super Series All England Super Series Premier A 1R 2R 1R A 1R QF SF 1R 0/7 SF('18) India Open Super Series N/A 1R QF SF 1R A QF W F SF 1/8 W ('17) Malaysia Super Series Premier A Q1 1R 2R A QF 1R SF R2 0/7 SF('18) Singapore Open Super Series A 1R A QF A 2R QF N.P SF 0/5 SF ('19) Indonesia Super Series Premier A 2R A 1R 1R A 2R QF F 0/6 F ('19) Australian Open Super Series N/A QF 1R 1R QF N.P 2R 0/5 QF ('14, '17) Japan Open Super Series A 2R 2R A 1R A 2R 2R QF 0/6 QF ('19) Korea Open Super Series A Q2 2R A 2R A W N.P 1/4 W ('17) Denmark Super Series Premier A 1R QF F 2R 1R 1R 0/6 F ('15) French Open Super Series A 2R 1R 1R 2R SF QF 0/6 SF ('17) China Open Super Series Premier A Q2 1R A 2R W QF QF 1/6 W ('16) Hong Kong Open Super Series A Q2 1R 1R 2R 1R F F 2R 0/8 F ('16,'17) China Masters Super Series A SF A N/A QF 0/2 SF ('12) BWF Super Series Masters Finals DNQ SF F W 0/3 W ('18) BWF Grand Prix Gold and Grand Prix Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold A SF W A SF W A 2/4 W ('13, '16) Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold QF SF 2R F NH F SF 2R W 1/8 W ('17) German Open Grand Prix Gold A 1R A QF A 0/2 QF ('16) Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold N/A A 1R 2R SF A QF A 0/4 SF ('14) China Masters Grand Prix Gold N/A A QF A 0/1 QF ('16) Chinese Taipei Grand Prix Gold A 2R A 0/1 2R ('15) Vietnam Open Grand Prix A QF A 0/1 QF ('11) Indonesian Masters Grand Prix Gold A QF A 0/1 QF ('15) Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold A 2R A 0/1 2R ('12) Dutch Open Grand Prix A F A 0/1 F ('11) Macau Open Grand Prix Gold A W W W A 3/3 W ('13, '14, '15) India Open Grand Prix Gold Q2 2R N/A 0/2 2R ('10) Year-end Ranking 255 151 31 19 11 11 12 6 3 3

2016 Summer Olympics

See also: Badminton at the – Women's singles Stage Opponent Result Games Points Group stage  Michelle Li (CAN) Won 2–1 19–21, 21–15, 21–17 Group stage  Laura Sárosi (HUN) Won 2–0 21–4, 21–9 Pre-Quarterfinals  Tai Tzu-ying (TPE) Won 2–0 21–13, 21–15 Quarterfinals  Wang Yihan (CHN) Won 2–0 22–20, 21–19 Semifinals  Nozomi Okuhara (JPN) Won 2–0 21–19, 21–10 Final  Carolina Marín (ESP) Lost 1–2 21–19, 12–21, 15–21

Personal life

P. V. Sindhu has been employed with Bharat Petroleum since July 2013, as an assistant sports manager with their Hyderabad office. Following her silver-medal win at the Rio Olympics, she was promoted to deputy sports manager. She was appointed as first brand ambassador of Bridgestone India. She was also appointed as the Deputy Collector (Group-I) by the Andhra Pradesh government. She was the flag bearer for the Indian contingent in the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
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