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1/ A young Sindhu fell in love with badminton serendipitously, when she accompanied her father, a former Arjuna Award-winning player, to the volleyball court in Hyderabad, and became more fascinated by what was happening in the badminton courts next door.
2/ She started playing occasionally, and started winning often, until the news of fellow Hyderabad icon Pullela Gopichand's victory at the All-England badminton championships in 2001 converted her fascination into an obsession.
3/ Desperate to train under Gopichand, she managed to impress him enough for him to grant her solo sessions by the time she was 10. Back then, her routine was waking up at 3 a.m. to travel 27 km from Secunderabad to his academy for a solo 2-hour session that started at 4.30 am.
4/ Under the tutelage of Gopichand, Sindhu went on to win her first Grand Prix gold in May 2013. Shd received the Padma Shri award in 2015, and won a silver medal in the Rio Olympics in 2016, becoming the first Indian to reach a badminton singles final at the Olympics.
5/ And in 2019, became the first Indian to win a Badminton World Championships gold. The day she became world champion was August 25, also her mother P Vijaya's birthday -- Sindhu dedicated the medal to her.

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