PV Sindhu gets another feather in her glorious hat

The Sports Ministry of India recommended the third highest civilian honour for India’s golden girl.

PV Sindhu became the first Indian to win the Korean Open Super Series. Photo credit: Jung Yeon-Je / AFP

For PV Sindhu’s extraordinary contribution to the sport, the sports ministry of India has recommended her name for the Padma Bhushan Award. The announcement came after Sindhu’s one of the finest triumphs on the court in The Korean Open Super Series. Sindhu defeated Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 22-20, 11-21, 21-18 to become the first Indian shuttler to win the Korean Open Super Series Title.

The honour follows the Padma Shri (India’s fourth highest civilian medal) which she received in March 2015. Let alone the people of India, Sindhu captured the imagination of the world when she went down fighting at the finals of the Rio Olympics in 2016. She might have lost out on a gold that night but won millions of hearts.

Sindhu continued her dominance in world badminton by winning the 2016 China Open Super Series Premier, followed by the India Open Super Series and finished second in the Glasgow World Championships last month.

After being defeated by Nozomi Okuhara at Glasgow, Sindhu’s coach Pullela Gopichand worked on her game closely. Sindhu was advised to be patient and wait for her opportunities. The strategy worked – playing against her nemesis Okuhara once more, Sindhu’s unhurried approach allowed her to patiently wait for the chances. This made her score crucial points. After her fierce contest, Sindhu was calm and composed which was a sign of a mature player.

"I am happy and thank the Sports Ministry for recommending my name," said Sindhu after her name was proposed for the Padma Bhushan. Sindhu is now gearing up for the National badminton championship in November. Now, with three super series – China, India and Korea – three world championship medals and an Olympic Silver, Sindhu has been instrumental in making India dominant force in the world of badminton. The Padma Bhushan will be another feather in her glorious hat.

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