Hyderabad girl PV Sindhu is just one win away from bringing India the much awaited glory! Along with Sindhu, the entire country is geared up to face the finals tonight. Sindhu has set herself to the final showdown after defeating Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in a nail biting semi finals. Sindhu will now face World No 1, Carolina Marin in the final game. At this juncture when India is waiting with bated breath, we take a look at how this shuttler with extraordinary determination made it to the Rio Olympics!
A star was born on 5th July, 1995, to P.V Ramana and P.Vijaya, both former volley players. Although her parents were both volleyball players, Sindhu chose badminton as her passion and followed a dream, and there was no turning back! Resident of Secunderabad and as a mere teenager, Sindhu traveled 120 kms everyday for morning and evening sessions to practice her sport. Realizing how tiring the journey was, her parents moved her to a closer academy. Her coach, Gopichand is a Arjuna Award winner and coincidentally her father Ramana and Gopichand won the Arjuna Award together in 2000. Looking at her parent excel was enough inspiration for Sindhu to follow her passion. Sindhu made sure she did not miss any of her practice sessions and the determination and commitment she has for the sport is what has gotten her this far. Her hard work finally paid off when she entered the Women’s Quater-finals at the Badminton World Championship in August 2013. Sindhu became the first ever Indian woman to do so and she received the Arjuna Award from the government the same year. Later in 2015 she got a Padma Shri, fourth highest civilian award of India.
Now, with a silver medal already secure in her hands, Sindhu’s eyes are all set on the gold medal at Olympics and become World No:1!
Hurray to the Champion!