INDIAN PRIDE- P.V. Sindhu
P.V. Sindhu, a name which is shining brightly these days because of her hard work and achievement in the Rio Olympics 2016. A daughter of India who broke all the patriarchal norms and helped the nation to unite and come together for a sport other than cricket.
But winning a silver medal wasn’t that easy, it took a lot of sacrifice and dedication, both from the side of her parents who at every step supported her and she herself, who had all the goals set and was focused.
Though she couldn’t win a gold medal but her silver medal shinned as bright as gold.
How did she manage to stay focused and make India proud is what our post talks about, go on and explore this talented girl!
Earlier Life and Family:
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu who hails from Hyderabad was born on 5 July 1995 and is an Indian professional badminton player.
She started playing badminton at the age of eight and the inspiration came from her present coach, Pullela Gopichand’s victory in All England Open Badminton Championship in 2001.
P.V. Sindhu who belongs to a Telugu family of former volleyball players, P.V. Ramana and P. Vijaya chose to play badminton over volleyball. She started learning the basics of badminton under the guidance of Mehboob Ali at the badminton courts of Indian Railway Institute of Signal Engineering and Telecommunications in Secunderabad. Soon she joined Pullela Gopichand’s badminton academy. Then she started winning a lot of titles in different categories.
Her struggle and Achievements:
As they say, anything worth does not come that easy and such is with P.V. Sindhu who struggled a lot to make it to the top and get all the eyes on her. Though she started playing at a very early age but as we all know that we live in a patriarchal society where it becomes difficult for a girl to set bench marks but as we saw in this Olympics, not even a single man could get India victory and women took the lead. Sindhu is a very hardworking player who starts her day at 4:15 am with the practices.
It was in 2012 when her career started to take big turns, she won Asia Youth under 19 championship beating a Japanese player. Though she lost few titles too and then in 2013, she won Malaysian open title beating her opponent from Singapore. She also won Macau Open Grand Prix Gold title by defeating Canada’s Michelle Li on December 1, 2013, and was awarded Arjun Award by the Government of India. Then in 2014 she reached the semifinals of Glasgow Commonwealth games which she eventually lost but she created a history by becoming first Indian to win back to back medals in World Badminton Championships. Last year in 2015 she won her third successive women’s singles title at the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold after defeating Japan’s Minatsu Mitani in the final. Now in 2016, in January Sindhu won the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold women’s singles title after beating Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour in the final. And recently she has made each and every Indian proud by winning a silver medal in Rio Olympics.
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