Winning for 23-year-old PV Sindhu is nothing new. Her achievements include becoming the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal, and one of the two Indian badminton players to ever win an Olympic medal – other being Saina Nehwal. Recently, she won silver in Women’s singles at Commonwealth Games 2018.
Etch this day in the history books for the first Indian makes it into #Badminton Finals in #AsianGames. In a match of #TopSeeds, #PVSindhu dominates the the better of #AkaneYamaguchi to storm into Finals of the Women’s Singles. #Congratulation @Pvsindhu1 🇮🇳🏸👏#IAmTeamIndia pic.twitter.com/ahI7o0YZII
— Team India (@ioaindia) August 27, 2018
Sindhu has been creating waves in the sports field. She made her debut in the coveted Forbes list of Highest-Paid Female Athletes 2018. The 23-year-old has been ranked 7, with earnings of $8.5 million. According to the list, she earned $8.5 million between June 2017 and June 2018, including $8 million from sponsorships and $500,000 in prize money.
She stormed into the scene when she pocketed the silver medal at the Rio Olympics 2016 and there’s been no looking back since. Her rank is just one below American tennis player Venus Williams, while Serena Williams has been ranked number 1.
Meanwhile, congratulatory messages for Saina has since been pouring in, with many appreciating her winning efforts.
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN #ASIANGAMES, we have won a medal in women’s singles Badminton!@NSaina clinches a bronze, and ends our dry spell! Proud of you and your achievement!#KheloIndia #AsianGames2018 #IndiaAtAsianGames pic.twitter.com/B1pwKNqWB4
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 27, 2018
Big congratulations my friend @NSaina! You made history by winning first ever women’s #individualbadminton medal 🥉for India at #AsianGames in 36 years! India is proud of you!#SainaNehwal #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/GlyOksiT5k
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) August 27, 2018
Trust @NSaina to make us proud and script history!
Her Bronze in the #AsianGames2018 is the first ever medal for India in the women’s singles Badminton category.
India congratulates our star badminton player for yet another success. pic.twitter.com/zifupmwsr0
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 27, 2018
28-year-old Saina Nehwal has won over 23 international titles, which include ten Superseries titles. Although she reached the World Rank number 2 in 2009, it was only in 2015 that she was able to attain become World Number 1 ranking, thereby becoming the only female player from India and overall the second Indian player – after Prakash Padukone – to achieve this feat.
One of the most successful sportspersons in India, Nehwal is currently ranked at World Number 10 and recently won her second gold in Commonwealth Games women’s singles after beating PV Sindhu in the finals, leading the Indian team to another gold medal in the mixed team event.
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