Pusarla Venkata Sindhu – or simply better known as PV Sindhu or just Sindhu – was born in Hyderabad, India, on 5 July 1995. Still only 20 years old, she is already a big star in the badminton world. She is currently ranked 12 in the world. Her highest ranking was in 2014 where she was number 9.
BadmintonBladet had a talk with the tall Indian shuttler during the German Open, which finishes today.
Let’s start with the beginning; when and why did you start playing badminton?
“When I was 6 years old I accompanied my dad to Delhi as he was receiving the “Arjuna Award”. There I happened to see Gopi Sir (Pullela Gopichand, red.) who had come to receive his “Arjuna Award” for badminton. I was inspired by my dad’s introduction of Gopi Sir’s achievements and then later on started playing badminton just for fun near my house. I also used to go with my dad to the grounds and play there so slowly I picked up badminton and continued and here I am.”
The Arjuna Award is an awards given by India’s Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to recognize outstanding achievement in National sports and Sindhu’s father, Ramanna, received his award for his achievements in volleyball. Pullela Gopichand is a former Indian badminton player who won the All England in 2001 becoming the second Indian to win this after Prakash Padukone. He runs the Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad, India, where several of the Indian top players are training.