A look back at PV Sindhu journey to be India's first badminton world champion


  • PV Sindhu created history on August 25, 2019, by becoming the first Indian to win a gold medal at Badminton World Championships.
  • After her epic triumph, Sindhu dedicated the victory to her mother.
  • Sindhu's gold is the second medal that India won at the World championships this year in the sport.


PV Sindhu created history on August 25, 2019, by becoming the first Indian to win a gold medal at Badminton World Championships.

Sindhu however had come very close twice before in 2018 and early 2019, but had lost at finals.


This time around, she defeated Japan's Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in just 36 minutes in a one-sided final.

After her epic triumph, Sindhu dedicated the victory to her mother. "I would like to thank my coach (South Korean Kim Ji Hyun) and Gopi sir (Pullela Gopichand) and also my parents. Today is my mother's birthday, so happy birthday mom," she said at the court in an interview after the match.

Sindhu's gold is the second medal that India won at the World championships this year in the sport. Sai Praneeth won a bronze in the men's singles category.

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2013: Won Bronze at World Championship

2013: Won Bronze at World Championship

She also won her first Grand Prix gold in 2013, at the Malaysian Open.She tasted her first victory in 2005 when she was barely just ten years old. She participated in all-India under-10 singles at Kochi. In 2008, she won the all-India junior major ranking badminton tournament.

2014: Won Bronze at World Championship and Commonwealth Games.

2014: Won Bronze at World Championship and Commonwealth Games.

2015: She received India's highest civilian honor Padma Shri award in 2015.

2015: She received India's highest civilian honor Padma Shri award in 2015.

​2016: Won silver medal at Rio Olympics

​2016: Won silver medal at Rio Olympics

She was also the first Indian to participate and win Olympic silver in a single badminton final at the Olympics held in Rio in 2016.

​2017: Ranked second around the world

​2017: Ranked second around the world

Sindhu is the only Indian to be listed on Forbes' world's top 10 highest-paid female athletes, as she was ranked seventh.Her total earnings for 2018 stood $8.5 million.

​2018: Won a silver medal at the World Championship, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games.

​2018: Won a silver medal at the World Championship, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games.

Japan's Nozomi Okuhara defeated PV Sindhu in the World Championship in 2018.

​2019: Won World Championship

​2019: Won World Championship

This is Sindhu's fifth medal at the World Championships.

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