I remember it was 2013 when a young, rather immature PV Sindhu came into the inaugural Indian Badminton League on the back of a World Championship Bronze at Guangzhou. There were obvious comparisons drawn with Saina Nehwal and though Sindhu had begun well, her tone of being ready to face Saina seemed to have come too soon.
Having grown over the years and most recently handing the nation with reasons to be proud of her, PV Sindhu has crafted her own niche in the Indian badminton circuit. Sindhu not just beat a strong set of opponents but her play was energetic, aggressive, attractive and tactically brilliant. And though Carolina Marin proved to be a little too much for her in the final, Sindhu had given account of her at Rio.
While most of us at 21 were just getting out of colleges and contemplating our future, the superhuman PV Sindhu had an Olympic Silver in her kitty and had done the nation proud.
“There’s no stopping her” seems to be fitting for young shuttler as she went on to claim the China Open Series title stunning Chinese Sun Yu. This was her maiden Super Series title after she failed to go the distance in the Denmark Open last year, losing out to China’s Li Xuerei.
Ranked 11th in the World, Sindhu came into the game with a 2-3 head to head record but little did that count for as the young Indian was at the top of her game. Picking from where she left at Rio, Sindhu played quick, aggressive badminton and caught her opponent on the wrong foot.
PV Sindhu had risen further and done India proud. Wishes from across the nation came in for the shuttler with cricketers, BCCI President Anurag Thakur, and the PM Narendra Modi himself taking to twitter. Sindhu was at her clinical best and her aggressive Badminton and positive mindset saw her get past the most inform of players and put an end to the Chinese dominance. She was brutal in finishing games and looked at decimating opponents; something that had never happened earlier with the Indians.
Sindhu’s tryst with badminton began at a young age when she used to accompany her parents to their training. With nothing to do, she took to badminton to kill time. Who knew what would that transpire into? Slowly she fell in love with the game and as coincidence had it, just when she turned 9 and thought of taking professional coaching; Indian star Gopichand took to coaching the same year.
One of the unsung heroes in her journey, Sindhu’s father made several sacrifices and woke up at 3am everyday to take her for coaching. He used to cover a one side distance of 30 km everyday from Marredpally to Gawchibowli twice in the day making for 120kms of travel. Sindhu’s parents later decided to move a little closer to the academy to save the hassle as a day without training would leave her in tears.
For all her efforts and dedication, she has been rewarded and has come leaps and bounds as a player.
More power to you Sindhu! Keep doing us proud!
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