P. V. Sindhu

Indian badminton player (born 1995)
In this Telugu name, the person is referred to by her given name, Sindhu, and not by her surname, Pusarla

Badminton player
P V Sindhu

Sindhu in August 2016
Personal information
Birth name Pusarla Venkata Sindhu
Country India
Born (1995-07-05) 5 July 1995 (age 27)
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
(now in Telangana), India
Height 179 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 65 kg (143 lb)
Years active 2011–present
Handedness Right
Coach Park Tae-sang
Women’s singles
Career record 411 wins, 168 losses
Highest ranking 2 (1 April 2017)
Current ranking 5 (8 November 2022)
Medal record
Women’s badminton
Representing  India
Olympic Games
2016 Rio de Janeiro Women’s singles
2020 Tokyo Women’s singles
World Championships
2019 Basel Women’s singles
2017 Glasgow Women’s singles
2018 Nanjing Women’s singles
2013 Guangzhou Women’s singles
2014 Copenhagen Women’s singles
Uber Cup
2014 New Delhi Women’s team
2016 Kunshan Women’s team
Asian Games
2018 Jakarta–Palembang Women’s singles
2014 Incheon Women’s team
Asian Championships
2014 Gimcheon Women’s singles
2022 Manila Women’s singles
Commonwealth Games
2018 Gold Coast Mixed team
2022 Birmingham Women’s singles
2018 Gold Coast Women’s singles
2022 Birmingham Mixed team
2014 Glasgow Women’s singles
South Asian Games
2016 Guwahati–Shillong Women’s team
2016 Guwahati–Shillong Women’s singles
Commonwealth Youth Games
2011 Douglas Girls’ singles
Asian Junior Championships
2012 Gimcheon Girls’ singles
2011 Lucknow Girls’ singles
2011 Lucknow Mixed team
BWF profile

Pusarla Venkata Sindhu (born 5 July 1995) is an Indian badminton player Considered one of India’s most successful sportspersons, Sindhu has won medals at various tournaments such as the Olympics and on the BWF circuit, including a gold at the 2019 World Championships She is the first and only Indian to become the badminton world champion and only the second individual athlete from India to win two consecutive medals at the Olympic Games She rose to a career-high world ranking of no 2 in April 2017

Sindhu broke into the top 20 of the BWF World Rankings in September 2012, at the age of 17 She has won a total of five medals at the BWF World Championships and is just the second woman after China’s Zhang Ning ever to win five or more singles medals in the competition She represented India at the 2016 Summer Olympics (Rio), where she became the first Indian badminton player to reach the Olympic final She won the silver medal after losing out to Spain’s Carolina Marin She made her second consecutive Olympic appearance at the 2020 Summer Olympics (Tokyo) and won a bronze medal, becoming the first-ever Indian woman to win two Olympic medals

Sindhu won her first superseries title at the 2016 China Open and followed it up with four more finals in 2017, winning the titles in South Korea and India In addition to that, she is the reigning Commonwealth Games champion and has won three consecutive singles medals at the Commonwealth Games, a silver medal at the Asian Games, and two bronze medals at the Uber Cup

With earnings of US$85 million, $55 million and $72 million respectively, Sindhu made the Forbes' list of Highest-Paid Female Athletes in 2018, 2019 and 2021 She is a recipient of the sports honours Arjuna Award and Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna, as well as India’s fourth-highest civilian award, the Padma Shri, and third-highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan

Early life and training

Pusarla Venkata Sindhu was born and brought up in Hyderabad, India to P V Ramana and P Vijaya Ramana, an employee of the Indian Railways, was born in Nirmal, Telangana while Vijaya hails from Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh Both her parents have been national level volleyball players Her father, Ramana, who was a member of the Indian volleyball team that won the bronze medal in the 1986 Seoul Asian Games, received the Arjuna Award in 2000 for his contribution to the sport

Sindhu lives in Hyderabad, Telangana She was educated at Auxilium High School, Hyderabad and at St Ann’s College for Women, Hyderabad Though her parents played professional volleyball, she chose badminton over it because she drew inspiration from the success of Pullela Gopichand, the 2001 All England Open Badminton Champion She eventually started playing badminton from the age of eight She first learned the basics of the sport with the guidance of Mehboob Ali at the badminton courts of the Indian Railway Institute of Signal Engineering and Telecommunications in Secunderabad Soon after, she joined Pullela Gopichand’s Gopichand Badminton Academy While profiling her career, a correspondent with The Hindu wrote:

Gopichand seconded this correspondent’s opinion when he said that “the most striking feature in Sindhu’s game is her attitude and the never-say-die spirit” After joining Gopichand’s badminton academy, Sindhu won several titles In the under-10 years category, she won the fifth Servo All India ranking championship in the doubles category and the singles title at the Ambuja Cement All India ranking In the under-13 years category, she won the singles title at the Sub-juniors in Pondicherry, doubles titles at the Krishna Khaitan All India Tournament IOC All India Ranking, the Sub-Junior Nationals and the All India Ranking in Pune She also won the under-14 team gold medal at the 51st National State Games in India She later parted company with Gopichand and went on to train with South Korean coach Park Tae-sang

Career

2009–2011

Sindhu entered the international circuit at a young age of 14 in the year 2009 She was a bronze medalist at the 2009 Sub-Junior Asian Badminton Championships held in Colombo At the 2010 Iran Fajr International Badminton Challenge, she won the silver medal in the women’s singles She reached the quarterfinals of the 2010 BWF World Junior Championships that was held in Mexico, where she lost to Chinese Suo Di in a 3-gamer

In 2011, she won the Maldives International Challenge in June defeating compatriot P C Thulasi, as well as the Indonesia International Challenge the following month She then won the Commonwealth Youth Games by beating Soniia Cheah Su Ya of Malaysia in straight games She was a finalist at the Dutch Open where she lost to home player Yao Jie 16–21, 17–21 Her successful run continued after she won the Swiss International beating Carola Bott of Germany in the final She lost in the second round of 2011 BWF World Junior Championships to Yuki Fukushima in a very close match 21–15, 18–21, 21–23 She won the India International badminton event later in the year, defeating compatriot Sayali Gokhale

2012

A 16-year-old Sindhu went on to compete at the All England Open Championships as a qualifier She reached the main draw but lost to Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-ying in 3 games On 7 July 2012, she won the Asian Junior Championships beating Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the final 18–21, 21–17, 22–20, becoming India’s first-ever Asian Junior Champion In the Li Ning China Masters Superseries tournament, she stunned London 2012 Olympics gold medalist Li Xuerui, beating her 21–19, 9–21, 21–16 and entered the semi-finals However, she lost in the semi-finals to fourth seeded Jiang Yanjiao of China 10–21, 21–14, 19–21

Sindhu then went on to participate in the 77th Senior National Badminton Championships held at Srinagar She was defeated in the finals by Sayali Gokhale 15–21, 21–15, 15–21 It was later revealed that she had injured her knee in the China Open and had carried this injury through the Japan Open and the nationals She decided to skip the World Junior Championships so as to not aggravate the injury She finished runner-up in the Syed Modi India Grand Prix Gold event held in Lucknow in December, after going down to Indonesia’s Lindaweni Fanetri in 3 games in the final

2013

Sindhu stunned China’s Wang Shixian in the second round of the Asian Championships in 3 tough games to reach the quarterfinal, but lost to Eriko Hirose of Japan in yet another 3-game clash She reached her career-best ranking of 15 She won the Malaysian Grand Prix Gold title, beating Singaporean Gu Juan 21–17, 17–21, 21–19 This was her first Grand Prix Gold title She participated in the 2013 World Championships, where she was seeded tenth in the draw Having received a bye in the first round, she defeated Japanese Kaori Imabeppu in the second round in three games 21–19, 19–21, 21–17 and reached the third round She then downed the defending champion, second-seeded Wang Yihan of China, 21–18, 23–21 to enter the quarterfinals She set up a meeting with another higher-seeded Chinese player, Wang Shixian, and beat her 21–18, 21–17 to become only India’s second medalist in the singles events at the World Championships since Prakash Padukone’s bronze medal in 1983 However, she lost in the semi-final to eventual champion Ratchanok Intanon

Sindhu was awarded the Arjuna Award by the Government of India in recognition of her achievements In the 2013 Indian Badminton League, she was the captain of the team Awadhe Warriors Her team qualified for the semi-final, where they beat Mumbai Marathas, but lost in the final to Hyderabad Hotshots She won the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold title by defeating Canada’s Michelle Li 21–15, 21–12 in the final

2014

Sindhu reached the final of the 2014 India Open Grand Prix Gold but lost to her senior compatriot Saina Nehwal She claimed her first medal at the Asian Championships, a bronze, after beating Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the quarterfinal She reached the semi-final stage of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the women’s singles competition, which she lost narrowly to eventual gold medalist Michelle Li of Canada She later won against Malaysian Tee Jing Yi to claim the bronze medal

In the 2014 World Championships held in Denmark, Sindhu was seeded eleventh She powered past Russian Olga Arkhangelskaya in her first round in two easy games She had a tough encounter against sixth seed Bae Yeon-ju in the Round of 16 where she edged a close win 19–21, 22–20, 25–23 She later created history by becoming the first Indian to win two back-to-back medals in the BWF World Championships, after her bronze medal win the previous year, by beating second seed Wang Shixian in the quarterfinals in three games 19–21, 21–19, 21–15, in a match lasting more than an hour However, in the semi-finals, she lost to the eventual champion Carolina Marín in straight games and had to settle for another bronze medal At the end of the year, she defended her Macau Open title by beating Kim Hyo-min of South Korea in the final

2015

Sindhu was on the verge of victory against Li Xuerui in the quarterfinals of the Asian Championships, but ended up losing 21–11, 19–21, 8–21, narrowly missing out on a second consecutive Asian Championships medal At the 2015 World Championships, where she was seeded eleventh, Sindhu defeated Line Højmark Kjærsfeldt of Denmark in the first round after being a game down She then stunned third seeded Li Xuerui in the Round of 16 and reached the quarterfinals of the World Championships once again However, this time, she suffered defeat against her Korean opponent Sung Ji-hyun in a close quarterfinal match 21–17, 19–21, 16–21, narrowly missing out on a third consecutive World Championship medal

In October, playing at the Denmark Open, Sindhu reached her maiden Super Series tournament final, defeating three seeded players – Tai Tzu-ying, Wang Yihan and Carolina Marin In the final, she lost to the defending champion Li Xuerui in straight games 19–21, 12–21 In November, the defending champion Sindhu won her third successive women’s singles title at the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold after defeating Japan’s Minatsu Mitani in the final 21–9, 21–23, 21–14

She suffered a stress fracture in 2015 that kept her from playing for nearly six months, yet managed to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics

2016

In January, Sindhu won the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold women’s singles title after beating Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour in the final She had also won this tournament in 2013 She lost a close match at the Asian Championships to Tai Tzu-ying in the second round, in which she failed to capitalise on a match point and suffered defeat In the 2016 Premier Badminton League, she was the captain of the Chennai Smashers team In the group stage of the league, she won all of her five matches to help her team qualify for the semi-final and win the tournament against Mumbai Rockets

Sindhu was seeded ninth at the Rio Olympic Games In the group stage, she defeated Hungary’s Laura Sárosi (2–0) and Canada’s Michelle Li (2–1) She then ousted Taiwanese eighth seed Tai Tzu-ying (2–0) in the Round of 16 to meet the second seeded Wang Yihan from China in the quarterfinals, whom she also defeated in straight games She later faced sixth seeded Japanese star Nozomi Okuhara in the semi-finals and won in straight games, ensuring a podium finish This set the stage for her final showdown with the top seed from Spain, Carolina Marín Marin managed to beat her in three games in the 83-minute match With that result, she clinched the silver medal, creating history as India’s youngest individual Olympic medallist and the first Indian woman to bag an Olympic silver medal This was only the second instance of a podium finish at the Olympics by any Indian badminton player

Following her Olympic success, Sindhu clinched the title at the Thaihot China Open beating China’s Sun Yu 21–11, 17–21, 21–11 With this win, she became the second Indian player after Saina Nehwal and just the third non-Chinese women’s singles player to win the China Open She was also the runner-up at the Hongkong Open after going down to Tai Tzu-ying in the final in straight games With her consistent performances, she qualified for the Superseries Finals She defeated Akane Yamaguchi (2–1), lost to Sun Yu (0–2) and beat Carolina Marín (2–0) in the group stage With 2 wins in the group, she reached the semi-finals, managing to do so in just her first-ever appearance in the tournament However, she was defeated in the semi-finals by Sung Ji-hyun, going down 15–21, 21–18, 15–21 Sindhu was named as the BWF Most Improved Player of the Year following her achievements in 2016

2017

Sindhu won the Syed Modi International by beating Gregoria Mariska Tunjung of Indonesia in the final In the India Open Superseries, she won the title by defeating Carolina Marin in straight games In April 2017, she achieved a career-high world ranking of number 2 At the 2017 World Championships held in Scotland, she was seeded fourth In the Round of 32, she defeated Korean Kim Hyo-min in straight games She survived a difficult challenge from Hongkonger Cheung Ngan Yi in the next round, beating her in 3 close games 19–21, 23–21, 21–17 She thereafter eased past Sun Yu in the quarterfinal and another Chinese Chen Yufei in the semi-final, both in straight games She had to settle for silver after losing to Nozomi Okuhara in the final 19–21, 22–20, 20–22, a close and exciting match lasting 110 minutes, thus making it the second longest women’s singles match in the history of badminton Her final against Okuhara is widely regarded as one of the best ever women’s singles matches in the history of the sport

Sindhu defeated Okuhara in the final of the 2017 Korea Open Super Series 22–20, 11–21, 21–18, thereby becoming the first Indian to win the Korea Open In August, she took charge as the Deputy Collector in Krishna District in the Chief Commissioner of Land Administration (CCLA) office under the Revenue Department of the Government of Andhra Pradesh She set up a repeat clash of the previous year’s final at the Hongkong Open, which she again lost to Tai Tzu-ying in straight games Owing to her consistent performances, she qualified yet again for the Superseries Finals, and was also nominated for the BWF Female Player of the Year Award, which was eventually won by Chen Qingchen of China In the group stage of the Dubai World Superseries Finals, she won all of her matches against He Bingjiao (2–1), Sayaka Sato (2–0) and Akane Yamaguchi (2–0) to progress to the semi-final In the semi-final, she defeated China’s Chen Yufei (2–0) to reach the final She finished as the runner-up after being narrowly beaten by Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi 21–15, 12–21, 19–21 in an exciting 94-minute final

2018

Sindhu faltered in the final again, this time at her home event, the India Open, where she had a match point in the third game but was unable to convert it and lost the match narrowly to Beiwen Zhang At the All England Open Championships, she made it to the last four, before losing to world number 3 Akane Yamaguchi in the semi-final with a close 21–19, 19–21, 18–21 scoreline This was her best performance at the All England Open She competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, winning a gold medal in the mixed team event and a silver medal in the singles event Her jinx of losing in finals continued after she went down to Nozomi Okuhara in the final of the Thailand Open

Sindhu was seeded third in the 2018 BWF World Championships She won her opening encounters against Fitriani and ninth seed Sung Ji-hyun, both in straight games She then faced defending champion Nozomi Okuhara, whom she also defeated with a 21–17, 21–19 scoreline In the semi-finals, she beat second-seeded Akane Yamaguchi in 2 games 21–16, 24–22 She won her second consecutive World Championship silver medal after losing to Carolina Marín in the final 19–21, 10–21 This was her fourth medal at the World Championships in total

Sindhu was seeded third in the 2018 Asian Games In the first round, she defeated Vietnamese Vu Thi Trang in 3 games 21–10, 12–21, 23–21 in a very close encounter She then faced Gregoria Mariska Tunjung and beat her with a 21–12, 21–15 scoreline She then had to battle to get past Thai Nitchaon Jindapol in the quarterfinal in three games In the semifinal, she defeated second seed Akane Yamaguchi to enter the final round Though she lost to top seed Tai Tzu-ying in the final, she won a historic first silver medal for India in badminton

Sindhu qualified for the 2018 BWF World Tour Finals at the end of the year In the group stage, she defeated defending champion Akane Yamaguchi (2–0), top seed Tai Tzu-ying (2–1) and USA’s Beiwen Zhang (2–0) to progress to the semi-finals In the semi-final, she defeated Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon (2–0) to reach her second consecutive final at the tournament In the final, she defeated her arch-rival Nozomi Okuhara 21–19, 21–17, becoming the only shuttler from India to claim the title at the year-end finale

2019–20

Sindhu inside the cockpit of HAL Tejas at Yelahanka AFS, Bengaluru

Sindhu was bought by the defending champions Hyderabad Hunters in the 2018 PBL auctions and was named as their skipper They lost in the semi-finals to Mumbai Rockets Sindhu competed at the Indian National Badminton Championships where she reached the final, losing to three-time champion Saina Nehwal 18–21, 15–21 Just before the All England Badminton Championships, she had ended her deal with Yonex and signed a mega-deal with Li-Ning for 4 years worth nearly 500 million (US$63 million) This led to her having a new racket and equipment to which she had to get used to within 2–3 weeks, to debut it at the prestigious All England Badminton Championships She reached her first final of the season in the Indonesia Open, where she lost to Akane Yamaguchi of Japan 15–21, 16–21

At the 2019 World Championships, Sindhu was seeded fifth She opened her campaign with comfortable straight-game victories over Pai Yu-po and ninth seed Beiwen Zhang in successive rounds She impressed everyone with her victory over second seed Tai Tzu-ying in the quarterfinals She defeated Tai, coming from a game down 12–21, 23–21, 21–19 to make the semi-final and secure a fifth World Championship medal, the joint-most in the history of women’s singles badminton In the semi-final, she defeated third seed Chen Yufei in straight games in dominating fashion, 21–7, 21–14, to enter her third consecutive World Championships final In the final against Nozomi Okuhara, she put up a near-flawless display to win 21–7, 21–7 In the process, she became the first Indian to win gold at the World Championships

Despite her ranking as 15th on the World Tour, Sindhu got a wild card entry into the 2019 BWF World Tour Finals because of her World Championship victory in August 2019 She competed in the World Tour Finals in Guangzhou as the defending champion but failed to reach the knockout phase after losing to Chen Yufei (1–2) and Akane Yamaguchi (1–2) in successive rounds She finished off as third in the group after defeating He Bingjiao 21–19, 21–19 in her last match She was named the BBC Indian Sportswoman of Year on 8 March 2020 In April, she was elected as one of the ambassadors of the BWF Committee’s campaign – “I am Badminton” to promote clean and fair play in the sport

2021

Sindhu, reaching her first final in over 18 months at the 2021 Swiss Open, suffered a demoralising defeat against Carolina Marín, losing 12–21, 5–21 She was then stunned by Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand in the semi-final of the All England Open, losing out 17–21, 9–21 In May, she was elected as one of the two ambassadors from badminton in the International Olympic Committee’s campaign ‘Believe in Sport’, aimed at preventing competition manipulation in the sport

Sindhu was seeded sixth at the Tokyo Olympic Games She won both of her group matches against Israel’s Ksenia Polikarpova and Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi to progress towards the knockout stage She defeated Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt comfortably in the Round of 16 and reached the quarterfinals She put up a dominating display to outmanoeuvre fourth seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan 21–13, 22–20, placing herself in the last four stage, also becoming the only Indian shuttler to reach two consecutive Olympic semi-finals Her opponent for the semi-final was second seed Tai Tzu-ying Sindhu, who was yet to drop a game in the tournament, fell against Taiwan’s Tai in two straight games 18–21, 12–21 She later beat eighth seed He Bingjiao of China in the playoff to clinch the bronze medal, thereby becoming the first Indian woman and only the fourth player in women’s singles badminton to claim two medals at two consecutive Olympic games

At the 2021 BWF World Championships, where she competed as the defending champion, Sindhu was seeded sixth She eased past Slovakia’s Martina Repiska in her opening encounter in straight games She then defeated ninth seed Pornpawee Chochuwong 21–14, 21–18 in another straight-game encounter to make the quarterfinals However, in the quarterfinals, she went down to top seed Tai Tzu-ying 17–21, 13–21, failing to medal at the World Championships for only the second time in her career

Sindhu qualified for the 2021 BWF World Tour Finals at the end of the year In the group stage, she beat Line Christophersen (2–0), Yvonne Li (2–0) and lost to Pornpawee Chochuwong (1–2), qualifying for the semi-finals as second in her group In the semi-final, she beat Akane Yamaguchi 21–15, 15–21, 21–19 in an exciting clash to make a third final at the year-end championships, only the second women’s singles player to do so In the final, she lost to South Korea’s An Se-young to bag a second silver medal at the tournament

2022

Sindhu won the Syed Modi International for the second time beating compatriot Malvika Bansod in the final She then won the title at the 2022 Swiss Open, defeating Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the final in two straight games At the 2022 Badminton Asia Championships, where she was seeded fourth, Sindhu defeated fifth seed He Bingjiao of China in the quarterfinals, but lost a close and controversial semi-final to top seed Akane Yamaguchi, thus winning the bronze medal, her second medal at the tournament She then won the Singapore Open title, beating Asian Champion Wang Zhiyi of China in the final

At the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Sindhu won her maiden Commonwealth Games gold medal in the women’s singles, beating Michelle Li of Canada in the final With this win, she became only the second women’s singles player to win a full set of medals at the Commonwealth Games She was also unbeaten in the mixed team event, where India won a silver medal However, during the Games, she sustained a left foot stress fracture injury that kept her out of all remaining tournaments of the year, including the World Championships and the World Tour Finals

Endorsements

An Economic Times report published in March 2017 noted that she is second only to Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli when it comes to earnings from each day of brand endorsements Sindhu charges brands anywhere between 10 million (US$130,000) and 125 million (US$160,000) for a single day of endorsement related activities

She has endorsement deals with JBL, Bridgestone Tyres, sports drink Gatorade, pain reliever ointment Moov, online fashion store Myntra, e-commerce portal Flipkart, phone maker Nokia and electronics major Panasonic She also endorses Stayfree, health drink Boost, honey producer APIS Himalaya, herbal health drink firm Ojasvita and the Bank of Baroda She is also a brand ambassador for both the Central Reserve Police Force and Vizag Steel

In February 2019, it was announced that Sindhu had signed a four-year sports sponsorship deal for 500 million (US$63 million) with Chinese sports brand Li Ning Her deal is one of the biggest in world badminton She would reportedly get 400 million (US$50 million) as sponsorship while the rest of the money would be for equipment This was Li-Ning’s second stint with Sindhu, who was with them for two years in 2014-2015 for a sum of 125 million (US$160,000) a year In 2016, she was back with Yonex for a 35 million (US$440,000) per year contract for a period of three years

Honours

  • Honoured with Padma Bhushan Award, the third-highest civilian award in India, in January 2020
  • Honoured with Padma Shri Award, the fourth-highest civilian award in India, in March 2015
  • Received Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award, the highest sporting honour of India, on 29 August 2016
  • Bestowed with Arjuna Award for badminton on 24 September 2013

Achievements

Olympic Games

Women’s singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2016 Riocentro – Pavilion 4, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Carolina Marín 21–19, 12–21, 15–21 Silver
2020 Musashino Forest Sport Plaza, Tokyo, Japan He Bingjiao 21–13, 21–15 Bronze

BWF World Championships

Women’s singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2013 Tianhe Stadium, Guangzhou, China Ratchanok Intanon 10–21, 13–21 Bronze
2014 Ballerup Super Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark Carolina Marín 17–21, 15–21 Bronze
2017 Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland Nozomi Okuhara 19–21, 22–20, 20–22 Silver
2018 Nanjing Youth Olympic Sports Park, Nanjing, China Carolina Marín 19–21, 10–21 Silver
2019 St Jakobshalle, Basel, Switzerland Nozomi Okuhara 21–7, 21–7 Gold

Asian Games

Women’s singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2018 Istora Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta, Indonesia Tai Tzu-ying 13–21, 16–21 Silver

Asian Championships

Women’s singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2014 Gimcheon Indoor Stadium, Gimcheon, South Korea Wang Shixian 21–15, 20–22, 12–21 Bronze
2022 Muntinlupa Sports Complex, Metro Manila, Philippines Akane Yamaguchi 21–13, 19–21, 16–21 Bronze

Commonwealth Games

Women’s singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2014 Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland Tee Jing Yi 23–21, 21–9 Bronze
2018 Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre, Gold Coast, Australia Saina Nehwal 18–21, 21–23 Silver
2022 National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, England Michelle Li 21–15, 21–13 Gold

South Asian Games

Women’s singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2016 Multipurpose Hall SAI–SAG Centre, Shillong, India Gadde Ruthvika Shivani 11–21, 20–22 Silver

Commonwealth Youth Games

Girls’ singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2011 National Sports Centre, Douglas, Isle of Man Soniia Cheah Su Ya 22–20, 21–8 Gold

Asian Junior Championships

Girls’ Singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2011 Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium, Lucknow, India Sun Yu 21–13, 12–21, 10–21 Bronze
2012 Gimcheon Indoor Stadium, Gimcheon, South Korea Nozomi Okuhara 18–21, 21–17, 22–20 Gold

BWF World Tour (4 titles, 5 runners-up)

The BWF World Tour, which was announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018, is a series of elite badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) The BWF World Tour is divided into levels of World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100

Women’s singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result
2018 India Open Super 500 Beiwen Zhang 18–21, 21–11, 20–22 Runner-up
2018 Thailand Open Super 500 Nozomi Okuhara 15–21, 18–21 Runner-up
2018 BWF World Tour Finals World Tour Finals Nozomi Okuhara 21–19, 21–17 Winner
2019 Indonesia Open Super 1000 Akane Yamaguchi 15–21, 16–21 Runner-up
2021 Swiss Open Super 300 Carolina Marín 12–21, 5–21 Runner-up
2021 BWF World Tour Finals World Tour Finals An Se-young 16–21, 12–21 Runner-up
2022 Syed Modi International Super 300 Malvika Bansod 21–13, 21–16 Winner
2022 Swiss Open Super 300 Busanan Ongbamrungphan 21–16, 21–8 Winner
2022 Singapore Open Super 500 Wang Zhiyi 21–9, 11–21, 21–15 Winner

BWF Superseries (3 titles, 4 runners-up)

The BWF Superseries, which was launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007, was a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) BWF Superseries levels were Superseries and Superseries Premier A season of Superseries consisted of twelve tournaments around the world that had been introduced since 2011 Successful players were invited to the Superseries Finals, which were held at the end of each year

Women’s singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2015 Denmark Open Li Xuerui 19–21, 12–21 Runner-up
2016 China Open Sun Yu 21–11, 17–21, 21–11 Winner
2016 Hong Kong Open Tai Tzu-ying 15–21, 17–21 Runner-up
2017 India Open Carolina Marín 21–19, 21–16 Winner
2017 Korea Open Nozomi Okuhara 22–20, 11–21, 21–18 Winner
2017 Hong Kong Open Tai Tzu-ying 18–21, 18–21 Runner-up
2017 Dubai World Superseries Finals Akane Yamaguchi 21–15, 12–21, 19–21 Runner-up
  BWF Superseries Finals tournament
  BWF Superseries Premier tournament
  BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand Prix (6 titles, 3 runners-up)

The BWF Grand Prix had two levels, the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold It was a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and played between 2007 and 2017

Women’s singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2011 Dutch Open Yao Jie 16–21, 17–21 Runner-up
2012 India Grand Prix Gold Lindaweni Fanetri 15–21, 21–18, 18–21 Runner-up
2013 Malaysia Grand Prix Gold Gu Juan 21–17, 17–21, 21–19 Winner
2013 Macau Open Michelle Li 21–15, 21–12 Winner
2014 India Grand Prix Gold Saina Nehwal 14–21, 17–21 Runner-up
2014 Macau Open Kim Hyo-min 21–12, 21–17 Winner
2015 Macau Open Minatsu Mitani 21–9, 21–23, 21–14 Winner
2016 Malaysia Masters Kirsty Gilmour 21–15, 21–9 Winner
2017 Syed Modi International Gregoria Mariska Tunjung 21–13, 21–14 Winner
  BWF Grand Prix tournament
  BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series (4 titles, 1 runner-up)

Women’s singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2010 Iran Fajr International Rie Eto 14–21, 24–26 Runner-up
2011 Maldives International P C Thulasi 21–11, 21–16 Winner
2011 Indonesia International Fransisca Ratnasari 21–16, 21–11 Winner
2011 Swiss International Carola Bott 21–11, 21–11 Winner
2011 Tata Open India International Sayali Gokhale 21–10, 20–22, 21–11 Winner
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series tournament

Invitational tournament

Women’s singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2015 Copenhagen Masters Line Kjærsfeldt 12–21, 19–21 Runner-up

Career overview

Singles Played Wins Losses Balance
Total 579 411 168 +243
Current year (2022) 58 46 12 +34

Doubles Played Wins Losses Balance
Total 24 14 10 +4
Current year (2022) 0 0 0 0

Statistics were last updated on 13 August 2022

Singles performance timeline

Key
W F SF QF #R RR Q# A G S B NH N/A DNQ
(W) won; (F) finalist; (SF) semi-finalist; (QF) quarter-finalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (G) gold, (S) silver or (B) bronze medal; (NH) not held; (N/A) not applicable; (DNQ) did not qualify
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player’s participation has ended
Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 SR Best
BWF Events
World Junior Championships 2R QF 3R A N/A 0/3 QF (’10)
World Championships A NH B B QF NH S S G NH QF w/d 1/7 G (’19)
Olympics NH DNQ NH S NH B NH 0/2 S (’16)
Other Events
Commonwealth Games NH A NH B NH S NH G 1/3 G (’22)
Asian Games NH A NH 2R NH S NH 0/2 S (’18)
Asian Championships A QF B QF 2R QF QF QF NH B 0/8 B (’14, ’22)
BWF Superseries / Grand Prix BWF World Tour
India Open Q2 2R 1R QF SF 1R A QF W F SF NH SF 1/11 W (’17)
Syed Modi International QF SF 2R F NH F SF 2R W w/d A NH W 2/9 W (’17, ’22)
German Open A 1R A QF A A NH 2R 0/3 QF (’16)
All England Open A 1R 2R 1R A 1R QF SF 1R QF SF 2R 0/10 SF (’18, ’21)
Swiss Open A 1R 2R SF A QF A NH F W 1/6 W (’22)
Korea Open A Q2 2R A 2R A W A 1R NH SF 1/6 W (’17)
Thailand Open A 2R A F w/d 1R NH SF 0/5 F (’18)
QF
Indonesia Masters A QF A N/A QF QF 2R SF QF 0/6 SF (’21)
Indonesia Open A 2R A 1R 1R A 2R QF F NH SF 1R 0/8 F (’19)
Malaysia Open A Q1 1R 2R A QF 1R SF 2R NH QF 0/8 SF (’18)
Malaysia Masters A SF W A SF W A w/d A QF NH QF 2/6 W (’13, ’16)
Singapore Open A 1R A QF A 2R QF A SF NH W 1/6 W (’22)
Taipei Open A 2R A NH A 0/1 2R (’15)
Japan Open A 2R 2R A 1R A 2R 2R QF NH w/d 0/6 QF (’19)
Vietnam Open A QF A NH A 0/1 QF (’11)
Denmark Open A 1R QF F 2R 1R 1R 2R A QF A 0/8 F (’15)
French Open A 2R 1R 1R 2R SF QF QF NH SF A 0/8 SF (’17, ’21)
Macau Open A W W W A NH 3/3 W (’13, ’14, ’15)
Hong Kong Open A Q2 1R 1R 2R 1R F F 2R 2R NH 0/9 F (’16, ’17)
Australian Open A QF 1R 1R QF A 2R NH A 0/5 QF (’14, ’17)
Dutch Open A F A NH N/A 0/1 F (’11)
China Open A Q2 1R A 2R W QF QF 2R NH 1/7 W (’16)
Fuzhou China Open A SF A QF A QF 1R NH 0/3 SF (’12)
Superseries / World Tour Finals DNQ SF F W RR RR F w/d 1/6 W (’18)
Year-end ranking 255 151 31 19 11 11 12 6 3 3 6 7 7 2
Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 SR Best

Record against selected opponents

Record against Year-end Finals finalists, World Championships semi-finalists, and Olympic quarter-finalists Accurate as of 10 July 2022

Players Matches Results Difference
Won Lost
Chen Yufei 11 6 5 +1
He Bingjiao 19 9 10 –1
Li Xuerui 7 4 3 +1
Wang Lin 1 0 1 –1
Wang Shixian 10 4 6 –2
Wang Yihan 7 3 4 –1
Zhang Yiman 2 1 1 0
Tai Tzu-ying 22 5 17 –12
Tine Baun 1 0 1 –1
Juliane Schenk 2 0 2 –2
Yip Pui Yin 4 4 0 +4
Players Matches Results Difference
Won Lost
Saina Nehwal 4 1 3 –2
Lindaweni Fanetri 10 8 2 +6
Minatsu Mitani 5 3 2 +1
Nozomi Okuhara 17 9 8 +1
Akane Yamaguchi 23 14 9 +5
An Se-young 5 0 5 –5
Bae Yeon-ju 5 1 4 –3
Sung Ji-hyun 17 9 8 +1
Carolina Marín 15 6 9 –3
Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 10 6 4 +2
Ratchanok Intanon 13 4 9 –5

Personal life

Sindhu has been employed with Bharat Petroleum since July 2013, as an assistant sports manager with their Hyderabad office Following her silver-medal win at the Rio Olympics, she was promoted to deputy sports manager She was appointed as the first brand ambassador of Bridgestone India She was appointed as the Deputy Collector (Group-I) by the Andhra Pradesh government in July 2017, which she took charge later in August

She was the flag bearer for the Indian contingent in the opening ceremony of the 2018 and 2022 Commonwealth Games

Awards and recognition

National

  • Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian award of India (2020)
  • Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna, the highest sporting honour of India (2016)
  • Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award of India (2015)
  • Arjuna Award (2013)

Others

  • CNN-IBN Indian of the Year (Sports) 2013
  • FICCI Breakthrough Sportsperson of the Year 2014
  • NDTV Indian of the Year (Sports) 2014
  • BWF Most Improved Player of the Year 2016
  • Indian Sports Honours Sportswoman of the Year 2017
  • TV9 Nava Nakshatra Sanmanam 2019
  • Times of India Sports Awards (TOISA) Sportsperson of the Year 2019
  • BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year 2020
  • Champions of Change (Telangana) 2021

Rewards for winning the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics

  • 50 million (US$630,000), and a land grant from the Government of Telangana
  • 30 million (US$380,000), a Group A cadre job (Deputy Collector of Andhra Pradesh) and 1000 yd land grant from the Government of Andhra Pradesh
  • 20 million (US$250,000) from the Government of Delhi
  • 75 million (US$94,000) from her employer, Bharat Petroleum Corporation, with promotion from assistant to deputy sports manager
  • 5 million (US$63,000) from the Government of Haryana
  • 5 million (US$63,000) from the Government of Madhya Pradesh
  • 5 million (US$63,000) from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
  • 5 million (US$63,000) from Badminton Association of India
  • 5 million (US$63,000) from NRI businessman, Mukkattu Sebastian
  • 3 million (US$38,000) from the Indian Olympic Association
  • 500,000 (US$6,300) from All India Football Federation
  • BMW car from the Hyderabad District Badminton Association and Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
  • Mahindra Thar from Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra
  • 101,000 (US$1,300) from actor Salman Khan, for qualifying as an Olympic participant
  • Two-acre land from actor Vijayachander
  • Diamond necklace worth 600,000 (US$7,500) from NAC Jewellers
  • Miniature gold and diamond badminton racquet memento from Kirtilals

Rewards for winning the gold medal at the 2019 BWF World Championships

  • 2 million (US$25,000) from the Badminton Association of India
  • 1 million (US$13,000) from the Government of India
  • 1 million (US$13,000) from the Government of Kerala
  • Land grant from the Government of Andhra Pradesh
  • BMW car from actor Nagarjuna Akkineni and businessman V Chamundeswaranath

Rewards for winning the bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics

  • 10 million (US$130,000) from the Government of Uttar Pradesh
  • 10 million (US$130,000) from BYJU’S
  • 5 million (US$63,000) from the Government of Telangana
  • 3 million (US$38,000) from the Government of India
  • 3 million (US$38,000) from the Government of Andhra Pradesh
  • 25 million (US$31,000) from the Board of Control for Cricket in India
  • 25 million (US$31,000) from the Indian Olympic Association
  • 15 million (US$19,000) from the JSW Group

See also

  • Badminton in India
  • India national badminton team
  • List of Indian sportswomen
  • Gopichand Badminton Academy

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