PV Sindhu won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 after defeating China's He Bing Jiao. The ace shuttler has now won two Olympic medals, making her the first Indian woman to do so. PV Sindhu, 26, advanced to the semifinals of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 with a straight-game win over World No. 5 Japanese Akane Yamaguchi, but it wasn't enough as she went up against World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei. Sindhu lost against China's He Bing Jiao in the bronze medal match today after losing in the semi-finals 18-21, 12-21. She won 21-13 and 21-15 against He Bing Jiao.
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, a global badminton superstar, has already established herself as one of the best players to have ever played the sport at such a young age. Sindhu has become one of India's biggest sports stars because of her several international titles.
Here are some interesting facts about the badminton superstar.
- Born into a family of professional athletes, Sindhu's parents, PV Ramana and P Vijaya, were also national volleyball players. Ramana was even given the coveted Arjuna Award in recognition of his contributions and achievements.
- Pullela Gopichand, India's badminton legend, is her idol. Sindhu began studying with Mehboob Ali in Secundarabad at an early age after falling in love with the sport. She then moved on to Gopichand's academy to further improve her skills.
- Sindhu made her way into the top 20 singles rankings at the age of 17 in 2012, when she stunned London Olympics gold medalist China's Li Xuerui.
- She won bronze at the World Championships in 2013, becoming the first Indian female shuttler to do so, and she backed that up with another bronze the following year. She went on to win two silver medals in a row at the 2017 and 2018 World Championships.
- She also won her first Grand Prix Gold championship in Malaysia in 2013.
- Sindhu competed in the women's singles final at the 2016 Rio Olympics, finishing second following a tough battle with Spain's Carolina Marin. The Indian made history as the first woman from her country to win an individual Olympic silver medal in the event.
- In 2019, she made history by becoming the first shuttler in Indian badminton to win a gold medal at the World Championships by defeating Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the summit battle.
- She has also won silver and gold medals in women's singles and a gold in mixed team events at the Commonwealth Games. She earned a bronze medal as well in the Asian Championships in 2014.
- Sindhu was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2013, the Padma Shri in 2015, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2016, and the Padma Shri in 2020 for her great performances on the court.
- Sindhu was selected as BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year in March 2020.