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P. V. Sindhu

Personal information
Birth name Pusarla Venkata Sindhu
Country India
Date of birth 5 July 1995
Birth place Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Residence Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Height 1.79 m
Weight 65 kg (143 lb)
Years active 2009–present
Handedness Right
Coach Pullela Gopichand
Women’s Singles
Highest ranking 5 (16 February 2017)
Current ranking 5 (16 March 2017)
Medal record
Representing  India
Women’s badminton
Olympic Games
2016 Rio de Janeiro Women’s singles-Silver Medal
World Championships
2013 Guangzhou Women’s Singles-Bronze Medal
2014 Copenhagen Women’s Singles-Bronze Medal
Uber Cup
2014 New Delhi Team-Bronze Medal
2016 Kunshan Team-Bronze Medal
Asian Games
2014 Incheon Women’s team-Bronze Medal
Commonwealth Games
2014 Glasgow Women’s Singles-Bronze Medal
Asia Championships
2014 Gimcheon Women’s Singles-Bronze Medal
South Asian Games
2016 Guwahati Women’s Singles-Silver Medal
2016 Guwahati Women’s Team-Gold Medal
Asian Junior Championships
2011 Lucknow Girl’s Singles-Bronze Medal
2011 Lucknow Mixed Team-Bronze Medal
2012 Gimcheon Girl’s Singles-Gold Medal
Commonwealth Youth Games
2011 Douglas Girl’s Singles-Gold Medal


Pusarla Venkata Sindhu was born to P. V. Ramana and P. Vijaya. In 2000, Ramana was awarded Arjuna Award for his sport.Though her parents played professional volleyball, Sindhu chose badminton over it because she drew inspiration from the success of Pullela Gopichand, the 2001 All England Open Badminton Champion. She eventually started playing badminton from the age of eight.

Sindhu first learned the basics of the sport with the guidance of Mehboob Ali at the badminton courts of Indian Railway Institute of Signal Engineering and Telecommunications in Secunderabad. Soon after she joined Pullela Gopichand’s Gopichand Badminton Academy badminton academy. While profiling Sindhu’s career, a correspondent with The Hindu wrote:

The fact that she reports on time at the coaching camps daily, travelling a distance of 56 km from her residence, is perhaps a reflection of her willingness to complete her desire to be a good badminton player with the required hard work and commitment.

Gopichand seconded this correspondent’s opinion when he said that “the most striking feature in Sindhu’s game is her attitude and the never-say-die spirit.” After joining Gopichand’s badminton academy, Sindhu won several titles. In the under-10 years category, 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 under-13 years category, Sindhu won the singles title at the Sub-juniors 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 School Games in India.


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