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IN Sports ON 18 Aug, 2016
P.V. Sindhu has created a history today after she knocked down Japan's Nazomi Okuhara in the semi's of Olympic Badminton at Rio 2016. With this victory she becomes the first Indian women to enter the semi-finals of Badminton in Olympic games. Defeating the opponent in straight sets of
21-19, 21-10 Sindhu has assured herself and the country a Silver medal. As she gears up for the Gold medal race, here are 7 things about the 21 year old that you should know.
PV Sindhu was born in a sporting family to Mr. P. V. Ramana and Mrs. P. Vijaya on 5th July 1995. With both his father and mother being former volleyball players, PV Sindhu took to sports at a very early age. Her father, Mr. Ramana was conferred with the Arjuna Award in 2001 for the contribution he made to the game of volleyball.
Soon after she began training, Sindhu joined former Indian international Pullela Gopichand's badminton coaching academy in Hyderabad and used to travel 56 kilometres daily one way to reach to her training facility. Despite this, she was never late for training; a reflection of her willingness to complete her desire to be a good badminton player with the required hard work and commitment.
In the U-10 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 and in the U-14 category, following which she went on to win the gold medal at the 51st National School Games
P.V. Sindhu made her mark when she defeated Gold medalist Li Xuerui in 2012 London Olympics to enter in the semis, but unfortunately, she lost in the finals. By the score of 21–19, 9–21, 21–16 she made a stunning victory.
In 2013, she went on to win her maiden Grand Prix Gold title as she defeated Singapore's Juan Gu 21–17,17–21,21–19 in the finals of the Malaysian Open.
In 2014, she reached the semi-finals of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the women's singles category. In the same year, she reached the semi-final stage of the World Cup in Denmark, she defeated 2nd ranked Shixian Wang in three gruelling sets 19-21, 21-19, 21-15 in the quarter-finals.