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Wishes pour in for badminton star PV Sindhu on 22nd birthday

India’s star badminton player PV Sindhu, who won the women’s singles silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics, turned 22 on Wednesday.

other sports Updated: Jul 05, 2017 12:53 IST
Devarchit Varma
Devarchit Varma
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Badminton star PV Sindhu turns 22 on Wednesday.(AFP)

Ranked fifth in the world, PV Sindhu, who won a silver for India at the 2016 Rio Olympics, is celebrating her 22nd birthday on Wednesday.

The first woman ever to win an Olympic silver medal for India, PV Sindhu is recognised as one of the superstars of Indian sports.

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The shuttler is presently busy preparing for the upcoming World Championships in Glasgow.

She had won bronze medals at the World Championships in 2013 and 2014 and the expectations will be high from PV Sindhu, who has won two Superseries titles — India Open and China Open — since her stunning performance at the Rio Olympics.

The 22-year-old has certainly hogged all the limelight ever since her success at Rio, and PV Sindhu acknowledges it.

“Of course, life has changed after Rio. Winning a silver medal was a huge moment for me. It has come with a lot of responsibilities. I am expected to win (more) these days. I have to work hard and keep doing well in the tournaments ahead,” she recently told PTI.

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When asked about working with Pullela Gopichand as her coach, Sindhu said she considers herself lucky.

“I am lucky to have got to work with a coach like Gopi Sir. I have been associated with him for several years. Me and the other players have to be thankful to him, for his guidance. The infrastructure is very good and the arrival of Indonesian coaches (Mulyo Handoyo and Hariawan) has been of great help,” she expressed.

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On the occasion of her birthday, social media was flooded with messages for the star player.

The World Championships will be played at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow from August 21 to 27.

First Published: Jul 05, 2017 12:53 IST