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PV Sindhu: India’s first women singles player to win world championship medal

August 15th, 2013

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  • Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, or better known as P.V. Sindhu is a badminton player from India.
  • On 10th August 2013, Sindhu became the first ever Indian woman to win a medal in singles at the BWF World Championships held at Tianhe Sports Center in Guangzhou, China.
  • The 18-year-old, 10th-seeded Sindhu created history on 9th August, 2013 by reaching the women’s singles semi-finals at the World Championships.
  • With this, she had assured herself of a medal.
  • In the quarter-finals, Sindhu stunned former World No. 1 Shixian Wang of China in straight games 21-18, 21-17.
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  • PV Sindhu’s dream-run ended in the World Badminton Championships after she lost her women’s singles semifinal to Thai Ratchanok Inthanon and settled for a bronze medal.
  • This is only the third instance, and first in women’s singles, that an Indian brought home a medal from the World Championships.
  • Before Sindhu, Prakash Padukone won a medal in the World Championships in 1983 when he bagged a bronze in the men singles event in Copenhagen (Denmark), while the women’s doubles duo of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa had claimed another bronze for India in the last edition of the tournament at London in 2011.
  • It is to be noted that Sindhu won her maiden Grand Prix Gold title beating Singaporean fifth seed Juan Gu in the women’s singles final of the USD 120,000 Malaysia Open badminton in Kuala Lumpur in May, 2013.

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