Pusarla Venkata Sindhu

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Pusarla Venkata Sindhu

Born:  5 July 1995

  • She is an Indian professional badminton player.
  • Having made her international debut in 2009, she rose to a career-high ranking of no. 2 in April 2017.
  • Over the course of her career, she has won medals at multiple tournaments including Olympics and on the BWF circuit including a gold at the 2019 World Championships.
  • She is the first Indian to become the Badminton World Champion.
  • She broke into the top 20 of the BWF World Ranking in September 2012 at the age of 17.
  • Beginning in 2013, she won a medal at every world championships, with the exception of 2015.
  • She is just the second woman after Zhang Ning to win five or more medals at the world championships.
  • She represented India at the 2016 Summer Olympics, becoming the first Indian badminton player to reach a final.
  • She won the silver medal after losing out to Spain’s Carolina Marin.
  • With earnings of US$8.5 million and $5.5 million respectively, she made the Forbes list of Highest-Paid Female Athletes in 2018 and 2019.
  • She is the recipient of the sports honour Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, and India’s fourth-highest civilian award, the Padma Shri.
  • She was also honoured with Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian award in India, in January 2020.

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