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PV Sindhu storms into finals, wins Silver

19 Aug 2016 | Written by Rishikesh Malkhede; Edited by Gaurav
P V Sindhu - Journey of the shuttler

India's P V Sindhu stormed into the finals of the 2016 Rio Olympics women's singles badminton, losing against world No.1 Carolina Marin from Spain.

Sindhu created history by becoming the first Indian to reach the finals in Olympics badminton, out performing Saina Nehwal, Prakash Padukone and her coach Pullela Gopichand.

The final score stood at 21-19, 12-21, 15-21.

In context: P V Sindhu - Journey of the shuttler

Early lifePusarla Venkata Sindhu

Pusarla Venkata Sindhu was born in Hyderabad on 5 July 1995. Her parents were volley ball players.

She was inspired by the success of Pullela Gopichand after he won the 2001 All England Open Badminton Championship. Sindhu started to play badminton from the age of eight.

She started her coaching under Mehboob Ali before joining Gopichand's training academy in Hyderabad.

Entry into badminton - Early stagesPV Sindhu's international debut

After winning several tournaments at the national level, Sindhu became a part of the Indian team.

She won her first medal, a bronze, at the 2009 Sub-Junior Asian Badminton Championships in Colombo.

Her breakthrough came when she won gold at the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games and then at the Asian Junior Championships in 2012.

Since then, there was no stopping the Hyderabad girl.

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Achievements of PV Sindhu

2013 and thereafterAchievements of PV Sindhu

PV Sindhu started the year 2013 by winning her maiden Grand Prix Gold at the Malaysian Open.

She became the first Indian woman to win a medal at the World Championships in Guangzhou where she won a bronze.

She won the Macau Open Grand Prix three successive times in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

In 2014, she again won bronze at the World Championships.

Awards and recognitions

In 2013, she was awarded the Arjuna Award by Government of India, which was also awarded to her father in 2000. In 2015, Sindhu was awarded the fourth highest civilian honour of India, Padma Shri, for her achievements in badminton.

Rio 2016PV Sindhu stuns at Rio'16

PV Sindhu raised India's hopes after breaking into the round of 16 even after being a game down.

After powering through the round and reaching the quarter finals, she drew with world No.2 Wang Yihan of China.

She went further, beating world No.6 Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the semi finals, giving India its first shot in history at an Olympics Badminton gold.

19 Aug 2016PV Sindhu storms into finals, wins Silver

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21 Aug 2016Pizza Hut offers free pizza to all Sindhus

In celebration of PV Sindhu's historic silver medal at the women's singles badminton event at the Rio'16 Olympics, Pizza Hut has decided to offer free pizzas to anyone named Sindhu.

The same offer was earlier given in honour of wrestler Sakshi Malik's bronze victory in wrestling.

MD Unnat Varma said "The initiative is a small token of our appreciation for the Indian Olympians."

31 Aug 2016PV Sindhu to be ambassador of CRPF

Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu has been made the brand ambassador of the Central Reserve Police Force.

Director General of the CRPF, K Durga Prasad said that the appointment was made after consulting with Sindhu and that an official announcement would be made.

Sindhu would be made an honorary Commandant in the CRPF, equivalent to a Superintendent of Police.

25 Feb 2017PV Sindhu an IAS? Takes up govt job

21-year old ace badminton player PV Sindhu has accepted a Group-I officer's job offered to her by the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu after her 2016 Rio Olympics triumph.

Reportedly, she will be offered a post of the rank of Deputy Collector. If this happens, there will be a possibility of her being conferred with IAS in eight-nine years.