P.V. Sindhu

21 Aug

” Nothing can add more power to your life, than concentrating all your energies on a limited set of targets.”

― P . V. Sindhu


P V Sindhu won  silver medal for Badminton in Women’s singles at Rio 2016. India’s highest medal and the only other medal was bronze also won by a woman in  freestyle wrestling (58 kg) Sakshi Malik. So far only these two women along with gymnast Dipa Karmakar have been India’s pride at the ongoing olympics. India’s other medal hope Dipa Karmakar finished a very impressive fourth in Women’s Vault Gymnastics event of Rio Olympics 2016. India’s saving grace has been women. India’s pride has always been women.

This is a post about Sindhu. I have some interest in Badminton a sport like very much and played with some interest in childhood.  I have been a Sindhu fan ever since she broke out in top 20 in Badminton world federation ranking as a seventeen year old in 2012. All eyes deservedly have been on her illustrious team mate Saina Nehwal. Saina has been superlative and is a former World No.1. Somehow felt it is Sindhu who could beat the top players Li Xuerui, Wang Yihan and Carolina Marin.  Carolina Marin beat her for gold at Rio 2016. She had defeated Saina at 2015 World Championships. Carolina Marin is the best player in women’s badminton having won All England, World championships and now Olympics.  Sindhu has won two bronze at 2013 Gungzhou and 2014 Copenhangen world championships in women’s singles. What was most heartening was how close she ran Carolina Marin at Rio 2016. There is no need to compare Saina and Sindhu, both are wonderful for Indian Badminton.  Both play different games. I feel Sindhu at this point is at the cusp of something special. Saina has always been special. Sindhu if she catches up on Marin’s agility and am sure she will is well poised to become a Champion. I will watch with bated breath her progress..

There is no doubt Carolina Marin is very special and the way she pulled herself up after the first set loss at Rio finals and played with relentless intensity and panache to win in the end. Sindhu could have won it too and put up a stellar fight and that’s what makes her effort so special. She is very much there..

All credit must go to one man who has changed the face of Indian Badminton- Pullela Gopichand. India always produced great badminton players Prakash Padukone, Syed Modi, P Gopichand  now we have host of top players playing the circuit Saina Nehwal, P V Sindhu, Srikanth Kidambi, Parupalli Kashyap... 

P Gopichand has carried forward the great Prakash Padukone leagcy by changing the face on Indian Badminton by producing the next breed of champions..

In India where there is no sporting culture, champions emerge purely because of family support, athletes drive and determination and a single minded coach who guides their dreams.

Sindhu’s father PV Ramana, India’s former volleyball captain wakes up at 3.30 am and gets ready in 15 minutes and  arrives at the Pullela Gopichand Academy along with his daughter PV Sindhu according to a Times of India’s report. It’s the same as read in a profile of champion swimmer Katie Ledecky ( Please refer earlier post) . The family contribution and sacrifice is huge in these champion’s daily grind..

Some pictures

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Silver medalist V. Sindhu Pusarla of India, gold medalist Carolina Marin of Spain and bronze medalist Nozomi Okuhara of Japan.

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Sindhu and Carolina Marin after women’s singles finals. It was a great match.

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Congratulations P V Sindhu and you inspire me.

All images: https://www.facebook.com/olympics/ and            https://www.facebook.com/PVSindhu.OGQ/

I think she gave hope and reason to smile to a billion people. That’s a great achievement.

Have a good day dear friends!

Love, Suresh



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