PV Sindhu, 21: Pusarla Venkata Sindhu represents Indian badminton at the highest level. The 21-year old Hyderabad girl trains at Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad. Born on July 5th 1995, the young shuttler has attained a highest career rankings of 9 that she achieved in 2014. Presently she is ranked 10th. She belongs to a family of volleyball players as her parents played the game on professional level. Sindhu started playing badminton at the age of eight. She was a team member of the Indian squad in Uber Cup in 2010.
Career highlights: In 2014, PV Sindhu reached the semifinal stage of Glasgow Commonwealth Games in the women’s singles competition. In 2015 playing at the Denmark Open, Sindhu reached to her maiden final of a Super Series event. Earlier in 2016, Sindhu won the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold women’s singles title.
Qualification: She registered a berth after BWF world rankings were released in May earlier this year. Records: She was given FICCI Breakthrough Sportsperson of the Year in 2014 and was honoured with Padma Shri in 2015.
Event: Badminton (Women’s singles)
Event date: Thursday 11 August: Men and women’s singles and doubles and mixed doubles.
Schedule: Thursday 11 August: Men and women’s singles and doubles and mixed doubles.
Friday 12 August: Men and women’s singles and doubles and mixed doubles.
Saturday 13 August: Men and women’s singles and doubles and mixed doubles.
Sunday 14 August: Men and women’s singles, women’s singles and mixed doubles quarter-finals.
Monday 15 August: Men’s singles (last 16 knockout stage), men and women’s doubles quarter-finals, men and women’s singles (last 16), mixed doubles semi-finals.
Tuesday 16 August: Men and women’s doubles semi-finals, women’s singles quarter-finals and mixed doubles third place play-off.
Thursday 18 August: Women’s singles semi-finals, women’s doubles finals, men’s doubles third place play-off.
Friday 19 August: Men’s singles semi-finals, women singles final and mixed doubles final.