For Indians, badminton lovers or not, PV Sindhu is a name to reckon with. But very few actually know about her rise to fame.
This young athlete is from Andhra Pradesh, born to parents who played volleyball. So sports was in her blood. But she fell in love with badminton at the age of eight after watching Pullela Gopichand’s smashing victory in the All England Open Badminton Championship in 2001! She soon joined his badminton academy in Hyderabad, travelling more than 50 kilometres every day to get to her training centre. She was always thoroughly committed to her training, always arriving on time and putting in enough hard work; which is mostly what got her to the top today.
Sindhu went on to become the first-ever Indian women’s singles player to win a medal at the World Championships. In 2015, she received India’s fourth highest civilian honour, the Padma Shri.