P V Sindhu
A silver medallist in Rio Olympic, badminton star P V Sindhu received Padma Shri in 2015. Incidentally, she is also the youngest recipient of this award. 2018 was good for Sindhu but she had a string of six silvers in major finals. However last week saw Sindhu win World Tour Finals in Guangzhou beating Nozomi Okuhara 21-19, 21-17. She claimed gold after repeated losses — seven in minor and major events this year alone. Today she is No 3 in the players’ rankings. She also won Bronze in Asian Games 2018.