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PV Sindhu bags historic world championship gold: A look at the ace shuttler's career

Updated : 2019-08-28 07:37:47

Dubbed "silver girl" for a string of near-misses on the international stage, India's Pusarla Sindhu hopes to have finally shed that unwanted moniker after capturing her first world badminton championships title at the weekend. Sindhu became India's first badminton world champion when she beat Japan's Nozomi Okuhara 21-7 21-7 to win the women's singles in Basel on Sunday, a victory that also boosted the nation's hopes of an Olympic gold medal in Tokyo next year. After finishing runner-up at the 2016 Olympics, last year's Commonwealth Games and Asian Games and the previous two world championships finals, Sindhu was delighted to stand on top of the podium. Sindhu played in five other finals last year without winning any of them, raising questions about her mental strength. Here's a look at the career of the ace badminton player.

Pusarla Ventaka Sindhu, the 24-year old Badminton player won the Women’s singles of the 2019 BWF World Championships on August 25. She had been the runner-up in the 2018 and 2017 championships before bagging gold last weekend. (Image: AP)
Pusarla Ventaka Sindhu, the 24-year old Badminton player won the Women’s singles of the 2019 BWF World Championships on August 25. She had been the runner-up in the 2018 and 2017 championships before bagging gold last weekend. (Image: AP)
Sindhu defeated Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in 21-7, 21-7 to win the women's singles in Basel on Sunday, a victory that also boosted the nation's hopes of an Olympic gold medal in Tokyo next year. (Image: AP)
Sindhu defeated Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in 21-7, 21-7 to win the women's singles in Basel on Sunday, a victory that also boosted the nation's hopes of an Olympic gold medal in Tokyo next year. (Image: AP)
Sindhu also won the silver medal in the women's singles event of the 2016 Summer Olympics which made her the first Indian shuttler to reach the final of an Olympics badminton event and the youngest Indian to make a podium finish in an individual event at the Olympics. (Image: AP)
Sindhu also won the silver medal in the women's singles event of the 2016 Summer Olympics which made her the first Indian shuttler to reach the final of an Olympics badminton event and the youngest Indian to make a podium finish in an individual event at the Olympics. (Image: AP)
After finishing runner-up at the 2016 Olympics, last year's Commonwealth Games and Asian Games and the previous two world championships finals, Sindhu was delighted to stand on top of the podium in Basel. Sindhu played in five other finals last year without winning any of them, raising questions about her mental strength. (Image: AP)
After finishing runner-up at the 2016 Olympics, last year's Commonwealth Games and Asian Games and the previous two world championships finals, Sindhu was delighted to stand on top of the podium in Basel. Sindhu played in five other finals last year without winning any of them, raising questions about her mental strength. (Image: AP)
Away from the court, Sindhu has also struck gold — she was tied for 13th spot in Forbes' list of the highest-paid female athletes over the past year with $5.5 million in total earnings. (Image: AP)
Away from the court, Sindhu has also struck gold — she was tied for 13th spot in Forbes' list of the highest-paid female athletes over the past year with $5.5 million in total earnings. (Image: AP)
Sports marketing firm Baseline Ventures, which manages Sindhu, said the athlete currently endorses 14 brands and her off-court earnings trail only cricket captain Virat Kohli among India's sporting elite. (Image: AP)
Sports marketing firm Baseline Ventures, which manages Sindhu, said the athlete currently endorses 14 brands and her off-court earnings trail only cricket captain Virat Kohli among India's sporting elite. (Image: AP)
She also won the Arjuna Award in 2013, Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India in 2015 and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award — India's highest sporting honour — in 2016. (Image: AP)
She also won the Arjuna Award in 2013, Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India in 2015 and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award — India's highest sporting honour — in 2016. (Image: AP)
Apart from her two silver medals and this year’s gold, Sindhu collected bronze at the 2013 and 2014 world championships after going out at the semi-final stage in two successive years. Her five medals is the joint highest in women's singles in the history of the world championships. She shares the distinction with Xhang Ning of China. (Image: AP)
Apart from her two silver medals and this year’s gold, Sindhu collected bronze at the 2013 and 2014 world championships after going out at the semi-final stage in two successive years. Her five medals is the joint highest in women's singles in the history of the world championships. She shares the distinction with Xhang Ning of China. (Image: AP)
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