Before she became the top-ranked player she is today, Pusarla Venkata Sindhu was just a fresh-faced teenager from Hyderabad born to former national level volleyball players, P.V. Ramana and P. Vijaya. Coming from a middle-class background, it was in 2003 when Sindhu started playing the game. She became a national sensation in 2012 when she broke into the top 20 of the BWF World Rankings, and was also the first Indian women’s singles player to win a silver at the Asian Games.
Beginning with her breakthrough moment and from there on until today, the 23-year-old has cemented her place in history. Besides the various Superseries and Grand Prix titles, she became the youngest Indian to make a podium finish in an individual badminton event at the Olympics, when she won the silver in the 2016 Summer Games. Sindhu, who had been struggling a bit with her form, created history in 2018 by becoming the first Indian to clinch the World Tour title by defeating Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara.
Asked if she missed the regular life of a youngster, Sindhu explained to IANS, “Badminton is the real me, and whatever I am today is because of badminton. It’s not that I don’t have a personal life or anything, but badminton is my passion and I don’t regret it. If you want to achieve anything in life, you have to believe in yourself. It is very important.”
The ace shuttler also has an interesting point to make in terms of Indian athletics. She explains, “India is growing in terms of sports and there will be many sports coming up in years ahead. Junior players are doing well,” stated Sindhu, who is also excited about a Bollywood biopic on her life.
“It really feels amazing! However, this is just the beginning and I have a long way to go and many more laurels to bring for India,” she said.
A passionate player, Bollywood movie lover, and die-hard biryani and ice cream fan, the badminton star is the recipient of Padma Shri, plays for the Chennai Smashers in the Premier League, and is a shining example for young girls everywhere. - IANS and Pic: PTI