Participants

Venkata PUSARLA

Venkata PUSARLA
    Badminton
Birth Date:  05 Jul 1995
Place of Birth:  Secunderabad, Telangana
Country of birth:  IND
Age:  22
Gender:   Female
Height (cm):  177
Weight (Kg):  65

Events and Medals


Sport Event Rank
BDM Badminton Women's Singles 2 Silver
Mixed Team Event 1 Gold

Venkata PUSARLA - Schedule


Schedule
Time Event Status
Thu, 5 Apr 9:01
Mixed Team Event Group Play Stage - Group A
India
5
Sri Lanka
0
Finished
Thu, 5 Apr 19:01
Mixed Team Event Group Play Stage - Group A
India
5
Pakistan
0
Finished
Fri, 6 Apr 14:01
Mixed Team Event Group Play Stage - Group A
India
5
Scotland
0
Finished
Sat, 7 Apr 11:01
Mixed Team Event Quarterfinal 1
India
3
Mauritius
0
Finished
Sun, 8 Apr 11:01
Mixed Team Event Semifinal
India
3
Singapore
1
Finished
Mon, 9 Apr 17:31
Gold Medal Event Mixed Team Event Gold Medal Match
India
3
Malaysia
1
Finished
Wed, 11 Apr 18:15
Women's Singles Round of 32
Venkata PUSARLA
2
Andra WHITESIDE
0
Finished
Thu, 12 Apr 13:40
Women's Singles Round of 16
Venkata PUSARLA
2
Hsuan-Yu Wendy CHEN
0
Finished
Fri, 13 Apr 18:50
Women's Singles Quarterfinal
Venkata PUSARLA
2
Brittney TAM
0
Finished
Sat, 14 Apr 13:30
Women's Singles Semifinal
Venkata PUSARLA
2
Michelle LI
0
Finished
Sun, 15 Apr 10:00
Gold Medal Event Women's Singles Gold Medal Match
Venkata PUSARLA
0
Saina NEHWAL
2
Finished

Biographical Information


Highlights
Commonwealth Games
YearLocationEventRank
2014 Glasgow, SCO Women's Singles 3
2014 Glasgow, SCO Mixed Team 4

Olympic Games
YearLocationEventRank
2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Women's Singles 2

World Championships
YearLocationEventRank
2017 Glasgow, SCO Women's Singles 2
2015 Jakarta, INA Women's Singles QF
2014 Copenhagen, DEN Women's Singles 3
2013 Guangzhou, CHN Women's Singles 3

Sudirman Cup
YearLocationEventRank
2017 Gold Coast, AUS Mixed Team 5
2015 Dongguan, CHN Mixed Team 9
2013 Kuala Lumpur, MAS Mixed Team 9

Previous names

Also known as PV Sindhu


Hobbies

Watching movies (starsunfolded.com, Jan 2016)


Occupation

Athlete, public servant, student (timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 16 May 2017; Facebook, 29 Apr 2017)


Education

Business administration (Masters) at St. Ann's College for Women, Hyderabad, India


Languages spoken

English, Hindi, Telegu


Coach

PERSONAL/NATIONAL: Pullela GOPICHAND (IND) (hindustantimes.com, 2 Mar 2017)


Position style

Right-handed


Sporting relatives

Her father PV RAMANA was a professional volleyballer and represented India internationally. Won a bronze medal at the 1986 Asian Games in Seoul. Her mother, Vijaya, also played volleyball professionally. (dnaindia.com, 1 May 2017)


Injuries

Missed the 2012 World Junior Championship in Chiba, Japan, after sustaining a knee injury in a Super Series event in China a month earlier. (dnaindia.com, 13 Oct 2012)


National league

Chennai Smashers, IND (Premier Badminton League)


Reason

Despite both her parents being professional volleyballers, they allowed her to choose which sport she liked. Eventually she went for badminton after watching Pullela GOPICHAND (IND) win the 2001 All England Open. Began training at age eight and would travel 56 kilometres each way to attend Gopichand's badminton academy. "My dad used to play volleyball and I would accompany him to the volleyball courts when I was very young. There was a badminton court beside the volleyball courts and I initially only played for fun, but gradually developed a great interest and love for badminton." (hindustantimes.com, 19 Aug 2016; in.news.yahoo.com, 30 Dec 2015; rediff.com, 03 Jan 2012)


Ambition

Become world number one. (Facebook page, 7 Apr 2017)


Hero

Indian badminton players Pullela GOPICHAND and Saina NEHWAL, and Indian cricketer Sachin TENDULKAR. (telegraphindia.com, 23 Mar 2014; sportskeeda.com, 14 May 2013; rediff.com, 03 Jan 2012)


Influence

Her coach, Pullela GOPICHAND (IND). (bwfcontent.tournamentsoftware.com, Sep 2016)


Additional information

YOUTHFUL WIN
At age 21, became the youngest Indian to win an individual medal at the Olympic Games, with silver at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the women's singles. Also the first Indian woman to win a silver medal at the Olympic Games, the highest placing an Indian woman has achieved. (indiatimes.com, 19 Aug 2016; dnaindia.com, 1 May 2017)


MOVIE
A biopic about her life is being made by Bollywood actor and producer Sonu Sood. "I'm honoured and pleased to know that Sonu has decided to make a biopic on my life. I'm very impressed with the thorough research that his team has done for the last eight months. They have written a script, which I'm sure will inspire millions of Indians and our youth to dare to dream and achieve glory for their country, in spite of all the hardships and hurdles that we face in our journeys." (dnaindia.com, 1 May 2017)


TREASURED GIFT
Received a new car as a gift from her hero, Indian cricket great Sachin TENDULKAR, as a reward for winning the 2012 Asian Junior Championship in Korea. "The car is very special to me. To be given a gift by Sachin was like living a dream." (telegraphindia.com, 23 Mar 2014)


HONOUR
Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. (GC2018, 3 Apr 2018)


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Legend

Gold: Gold
Silver: Silver
Bronze: Bronze
Gold Medal Event: Gold Medal Event
Bronze Medal Event: Bronze Medal Event

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