The latest sensation of our nation is PV Sindhu, the girl who won us the first ever silver medal for the country in Badminton. While she couldnâ€™t get her hands on the gold, her gallant fight against the current world number one champion from Spain did not go unnoticed. But how much do we know about this young girl from Andhra Pradesh. Let us take a look at some interesting facts about Sindhu and her game.
When PV Sindhu managed to bag the silver medal, she was not just the first Indian to get her country silver in the game of Badminton in Olympics. But she was also the youngest one to do so. Not only was she the youngest player but she was also the youngest woman player from India to get into an Olympic final match in Badminton.
Sindhu, full name Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, was born into a family brimming with volley ball players with her father being part of the bronze medal winning team of the Seoul Asian games for India. Her father was also conferred with the Arjuna Award. Her sister is also a national level player in handball and her mother is an equally competent volley ball player too.
Her coachâ€™s performance in 2001 England Badminton championship is what spurred her towards Badminton instead of pursuing their family game of volley ball. And with her eyes set on the goal, she started playing Badminton from the age of 8.
Only with dedication can one attain their goal. And this is proven true in case of Sindhu. Not only was she dedicated in training herself with the shuttle, she was relentless even when she had to travel almost 50 km on a daily basis to Hyderabad for her training.
This is not the first time young Sindhu had a face off with a world champion. In 2012 olympics, she played against the then world champion and gold medalist Li Xuerui and won the match much to the surprise and shock of many. And this performance created quite a stir and put Sindhu into the limelight as a performer to watch out for.
Sindhu was honored the award of Padma Shri, one of the highest awards for civilians, in the year 2015. The award was in honor of her performances in various sporting events across the globe like reaching the semi finals of the commonwealth games and for winning medals in the world championships twice in a row in the years 2013 and 2014. She was also among the youngest athlete to win the Arjuna award, at an age of mere 18 years.
Sindhu with a height of nearly 5â€™11â€ is among the tallest of the players which also gives her an added advantage on court. She also heads the Chennai team for the Badminton Premier League in India.
There are many interesting things to know about this star athelete and what shines out is the fact that she is hard working and committed towards her game which has fueled her success.