Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, the badminton sensation from India hails from Hyderabad, AP. She was born into a family of sports background with both her parents playing professional volleyball. Her father P V Ramana, who was a member of the 1986 Seoul Asian games volleyball team was awarded the Arjuna award in 2000 for his contribution towards sports. Though both her parents played professional volleyball, Sindhu chose Badminton over it as she was inspired by the life of her present coach, Pullela Gopichand. She eventually started playing badminton from the age of 8 but had her international debut in 2009.
Sindhu proved to be a prodigy from the time she joined Gopichand’s badminton academy. She has participated in all the age categories starting from U-10 and excelled in each with a performance better than before. 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 U-13 years’ category, She won the singles title 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. She also won Gold in the Women’s singles in the Asian Junior Championships in 2012.
Sindhu entered the top 20 of the BWF World ranking in 2012 at the age of 17. She has won a medal in every world championship beginning in 2013, with the exception of 2015. She made the country proud when she reached the final of the 2016 Rio summer Olympics, making her the first Indian badminton player to do so. She lost to Carolina Marin from Spain and was awarded the silver medal.
The China Open in 2016, Sindhu won her first superseries title. With 4 more final appearances in 2017 including titles in South Korea and India, she moved up to rank 2 in the BWF World ranking. She won gold in mix-doubles and silver in women singles in the 2018 Commonwealth games in Gold Coast. She also won a silver medal in the world championship and the Asian games that year.
Sindhu made the list of Forbes list of highest-paid female athletes in 2018 and 2019 with an approx earning of $8.5 million and $5.5 million respectively. She has been awarded many honors from the Government of India which includes the Arjuna award in 2013, Padma Shri in 2015, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2016, and Padma Bhushan in 2020.