#MeetTheMedalist: All you need to know about PV Sindhu
2016 Rio Olympics silver medalist, PV Sindhu, had to settle for second place at 2018 Asian Games. The badminton ace became the first Indian to bag a silver in badminton's singles event. She lost to world number one Tai Tzu-Ying in a 13-21, 16-21 battle that lasted 34 minutes. She bagged India's second medal in women's singles badminton. Here we look at Sindhu's achievements.
3 silvers for Sindhu in mega events in 2018
Tzu-Ying conquered both Saina and Sindhu as India bagged two medals in the singles event for the first time in the history of the Games. This was the third silver medal in mega events, for Sindhu, this year. She had earlier lost against Saina Nehwal at the 21st Commonwealth Games. Carolina Marin defeated Sindhu next in the World Championships.
Sindhu belongs to a family of sportspersons
Sindhu was born on July 5, 1995 in Hyderabad. The 23-year-old turned pro in 2009 and is currently coached by Pullela Gopichand. She started to play badminton from the age of 8. She is, currently, third in the BWF rankings. Both her parents were national level volleyball players. Her elder sister is a national level handball player.
Sindhu's career achievements
Sindhu has won 10 titles across Super Series Premier, Super Series, Grand Prix Gold and International Challenge. She has been a two-time silver medalist in World Championships in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Sindhu bagged the historic silver medal in women's singles in Rio Olympics. Her best performances have come at the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold, where she has won three titles.
Sindhu's most fierce opponents
Sindhu has enjoyed intense rivalry with many of her counterparts. Against world number seven He Bingjiao from China, Sindhu has a 5-6 head-to-head record. Against Japan's Okuhara, as well, she has been strong with a 6-6 tally. Her career record against Carolina Marin reads 6-7.
Sindhu scripts history
PV Sindhu scripts HISTORY!— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 28, 2018
Our stellar shuttler @Pvsindhu1 has clinched India's FIRST EVER SILVER in Badminton at the #ASIANGAMES. A match that will go down the history of Indian Badminton. Hats off to you @Pvsindhu1 🎉👏✌🏻🇮🇳#AsianGames2018 #KheloIndia pic.twitter.com/63ku3NiBGv