India’s national treasure, Olympic silver medalist and the newly-crowned world champion PV Sindhu won the World Badminton Championship final against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara (21-7, 21-7) and clinched
the title of India first world champion on Sunday at Basel, Switzerland.
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, born on July 5, 1995 to a family of National level sportsmen, was interested in Badminton. She drew inspiration from her present coach and 2001 All England Open Champion Pullela Gopichand.
She first started playing Badminton at the age of eight with the guidance of Mehboob Ali and later joined the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy.
Her first title win came in 2013 when she won the Malaysia Open. This was her first Grand Prix Gold title. She won the Macau Open Grand Prix later that year. In November 2015, Sindhu won her third successive women’s singles title at the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold.
In January 2016, she won the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold women’s title. She had won the same title earlier in 2013.
Later in the 2016 Rio Olympics, Sindhu defeated top-seeded shuttlers like Nozomi Okuhara in the semifinal and ensured at least a silver in the Olympics. She went on to face Carolina Marin from Spain in a gruelling 83-minute match and clinched a silver. She became the youngest player to win an Olympic Silver representing India and the second player to win a medal in Badminton at the Olympics after Saina Nehwal.
In 2017, Sindhu won the India Open superseries by defeating Carolina Marin in straight sets. She won her first silver medal at the World Championships, and her final against Okuhara is widely regarded
as one of the best in Women’s singles.
In 2018, she created history when she became the first Indian to win the season-ending BWF World tour finals. She hadn’t lost a single match in the group stage.
In this year, she became the first-ever World Champion for India as she won the final against Nozomi Okuhara.
On winning the Championship, she said, “I had lost the last two finals of the tournament. Winning this, I feel very happy. Thanks to all the fans who supported me and kept coming to all my matches.
I won for my country. I’m proud of being an Indian. Big thanks to my coach Gopi sir, support staff and my parents. It’s a special day as it’s my mom’s birthday today.”
On this historic feat, the union youth affairs and Sports Minister of India, Kiren Rijiju took to Twitter to congratulate Sindhu’s historic achievement. He wrote,
Reflecting on the same, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote –
PV Sindhu’s success will inspire generations of players.” The Badminton Association of India wrote