Sindhu the golden queen
Sindhu has created a record by becoming the first Indian to win the World Senior Badminton Championship. The fifth ranked Sindhu beat world's fourth ranker and 2017 world champion Nojomi Okuhara (Japan) in just 38 minutes by 21-7 and 21-7 in the women's single finals. For the fist time Sindhu has won the women's singles title in the world badminton championship. Telugu Pride Pusarla Venkata Sindhu has realized her golden dream.
P.V. SIndhu, who has won the world's singles gold medal in the world badminton championship, said she dedicates the medal to her mother. She expressed happiness that she has won the world gold medal on the birthday of her mother Vijaya and it was a fitting tribute to her mother who had played a great role in her growth. Sindhu's parents are her first inspiration when she jumped into the court holding badminton racquet at the age of 6. Her father P. V. Ramana and mother Vijaya are former volley ball players. Ramana has won Arjuna award too. Sindhu who followed their footsteps also become a great player.
Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu said Sindhu has become a role model for youth by winning the world badminton championship. Sindhu, with her parents, met Mr. Naidu at Hyderabad. Mr. Naidu said the country needed sports personalities like Sindhu. He lauded Sindhu's efforts, dedication, commitment and discipline. He said Sindhu has become an inspiration for the youth. He said all citizens should follow and take forward Prime Minister Modi's 'Fit India' call.
NOT ENOUGH TIME
I don't have enough time to celebrate this victory. We had to return after the match. We had to catch the flight to India," said Sindhu. This Hyderabad girl has little time to celebrate the glorious victory. "I have to work hard more. I have to win many medals," she said. At the award presentation ceremony, Sindhu said she had turned emotional. These are the great moments. I thank all my fans who blessed me for the success. Only their blessings have made me win this medal, she said.
Gopichand, the guide
When Sindhu held the racquet at a young age, Gopichand has won the All England badminton championship. During her growth, Sindhu was determined to to play and win like Gopichand. She selected him as a guide and practised under his tutelage. At first, she learnt the tricks from Mehaboob Ali, Govardhan Reddy, S.M. Arif. Later she joined the Gopichand Academy in Gatchiboli, Hyderabad. There she tuned herself into an international player.
An Answer to critics
Sindhu said that by winning the world championship, I have answered to my critics and opponents. During her failure in recent two championship tournaments, there were many critics who ruled me out. But my victory at the world championship is my answer to all of them, she said. " I have answered them with my racquet," she said.
Sindhu has created many records in the game. She was the one who first got world championship medal for India. In 2013, she won bronze medal at Gangzhou world cup. She was the first Indian girl to win medal at this mega cup. In 2014 too, she won bronze at the championship. She was the first Indian woman to reach Olympics final. She was the first Indian to win a bronze medal in the individual event. In 2017 world championship she showed her mettle. She reached the finals and lost the finals to Nozomi Okuhara by 19-21, 22-20, 20-22. But she has entered record books by winning the bronze medal for India. In 2018 again she reached the finals in the world championship. At the same tournament she took the revenge by defeating Okuhara.
In 2013, Sindhu was honoured with Arjuna award. It is a record that she won the award at the age of 18. After two years, in 2015, she was awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India. The medal in Rio Olympics has won her the prestigious Rajiv Khel Ratna Award. She got the award in 2016.