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26 August, 2019

P V Sindhu is now Persevering Venturous Stalwart

Playing the #WBFChampionship title match on her mom's birthday, additional inputs from Korean coach Kim Ji Hyun, trainer Srikanth's efforts and cutting herself off from using her phone regularly inspired Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, 24, on way to her maiden world crown, India's first

By Francis Adams

Most of you may have read Napolean Hill's bestseller Think and Grow Rich and pondered or debated over the hidden secret the author has hinted at in every chapter of the book. If you still do not have the answer, you'll get a perspective by reading the online debate about this secret on Quora.
  Until last month, P V Sindhu had this worry as the common element with most of us. She lost to Japan's Akane Yamaguchi on July 21 then abruptly decided to withdraw from the Thailand Open (July 30- Aug 4, 2019) in which she was seeded fourth. She had decided to move away from the spotlight, briefly. Just the way you relish behind-the-scenes or video clips on making-of-a-movie, there was closed-door activity happening with Sindhu. See the video shared by the Suchitra Badminton Academy that confirms what actually happened behind the scene. 

It has now been revealed after her brilliant world title victory that Sindhu was focusing on conquering that secret. In her case though it wasn't money. Her BURNING DESIRE was as told to the BWF Championships website: "I felt really bad after the first World Championships final and last year I was angry, I was sad. I went through all my emotions, asking ‘Sindhu, why can’t you get this one match?’'

Gold or a victory in the final, to be on the podium soaking in our country's national anthem had eluded her four times in the past. She won the Bronze in 2013 and 2014, followed by Silver in 2017 and 2018. So she worked on decoding the secret. The moment came at the most memorable moment, her mother's birthday, on August 25, 2019. "This is my answer to the people who have asked me questions over and over. I just wanted to answer with my racquet and with this win -- that's all," she told this website.

The happy, cherished moment.
Pic by Badminton World Federation
Her 21-7, 21-7 crowning glory over another Japanese Nozomi Okuhara in 37 minutes wasn't ruthless or bludgeoning as reported by a large section of the media. The triumph played out at St Jacobshalle arena, Basel, Switzerland, was methodical and won with controlled aggression, aspects she fine-tuned, along with her skills and fitness after pulling out of the Thailand Open.

Three days before the World Championships began on August 19, Sindhu told the Press Trust of India: "I have been working on my defence, physical fitness and also on-court skills. We do have all kinds of strokes but to improve we have to keep training. So I have to do it all the time to make myself perfect."

To achieve this perfection she sacrificed a few liberties she was entitled to. India's largest selling English-language publication The Times Of India quoted her physical trainer Srikanth Verma Madapalli saying: "In the last couple of months, Sindhu stopped using her mobile phone. She even changed her phone number. Whatever we tell her she just does that, no questions asked."

India's first world badminton champion made it a point that her trainer's efforts for her did not go unnoticed. "I want to thank my trainer Srikanth Verma, who helped me stay in good shape. He is working very hard with me for the last two years," Sindhu told TOI.

Pullela Gopichand, the All England Badminton Men's Singles winner, at whose academy Sindhu has been training for more than a decade, is her constant source of support, inspiration and coach. The Sports Authority of India in April 2019 also hired Korean Kim Ji Hyun, women's singles gold medallist in the 1994 Asian Games to add value to Sindhu's quest for gold. Kim represented her country in two Olympics in 1996 and 2000, before retiring in 2001, the year Gopichand became the All England champion.

Bengaluru-based English-language publication Deccan Herald reported that after she withdrew from the Thailand Open, Sindhu had trained extensively with Kim who brought changes to her game. Kim, apparently worked on polishing the wristy shots Sindhu was using, guiding the champion on when to use which shots. Sindhu was trying to put these to perfection in Japan and Indonesia last month.

By winning the world title, Sindhu equalled the legendary Zhang Ning's record of five world championships medals. Off the field, Sindhu has strengthened her association with the Chinese. In February, 2019, the TOI reported that Sindhu has signed up a Rs 50 crore endorsement deal with popular Chinese sports brand Li Ning.

Sindhu also endorses brands including JBL, the company that manufactures and sells audio equipment, such as, headphones, speakers, professional compact powered desktop reference monitors and subwoofer.

Sindhu also has a tie-up with Bridgestone Tyres, Gatorade, pain reliever cream Moov, mobile phone manufacturer Nokia, Stayfree, Panasonic, Boost, APIS Himalaya, Ojasvita and few others.

Earlier this month, Forbes announced that P V Sindhu is the only Indian athlete among its list of world's highest-paid sportwomen. With total earnings of $5.50 million, Sindhu is ranked 13th on the list, headed by Serena Williams.

Despite all the fame, Sindhu remains grounded, a trait most celebrities lack. Her Twitter handle is @Pvsindhu1. This is because she joined Twitter only in 2014 whereas the handle @pvsindhu was already taken by someone from Kolkata.

Any other celebrity would have used the influence of both, money and power to get this as their original handle. Not Sindhu.

This clearly shows that Sindhu, her parents and the Think Tank at Team P V Sindhu are all genial and take happiness only through the champion's exploits on the court. Anyway, the 1 added to her name on her handle suits her. Hashtag #1.


Persevering, because Sindhu kept on believing in herself and persevered until she unlocked the secret to gold.

Venturous, because she chose to venture into the nightmarish territory dominated by the Chinese and Japanese and came out victorious. Goran Ivanisevic, a tennis legend in Croatia refused to take the court during a crucial Davis Cup tie against India in New Delhi in 1995. He was playing against the gutsy Leander Paes, who was down 0-3, but was bouncing back into the game. Ivanisevic couldn't pump himself up seeing Paes' resolute fightback and the crowd support. This, despite his father by his side and encouraging him to get back on the court.

Stalwart, because hers is the most perfect example for parents to share with their kids and encourage them if the kids wish to become sportspersons.

If you too want your child to join the Suchitra Badminton Academy and help your kid follow in Sindhu's footsteps, here's the admission form link: Suchitra Badminton Academy

The academy's address and contact: Suchitra Junction, Qutubullapur (M), RR(Dist), Hyderabad – 67.
Phone: +91-91772 99900 / 91773 99900. Email: Accounts:

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