PV Sindhu was long touted to be the next big badminton sensation to come out of India, following the footsteps of Saina Nehwal, Prakash Padukone and her mentor Pullela Gopichand. She displayed all the tools which are required to become a top level professional player. After a couple of years of learning her trade on the touring circuit, Sindhu finally announced herself to the world at the 2013 Badminton World Championships held in Guangzhou, China.
Sindhu had to settle for a bronze medal after losing in the semi-finals of the 2013 World Badminton Championships to Ratchanok Intanon from Thailand after she comfortably beat Sindhu in two straight games. The final scoreline was 21-10, 21 13.
Even though Sindhu ended up losing the contest and had to settle for only bronze, it was only a sign of things to come from the young Indian. She would go on to achieve much greater feats in the world of badminton, winning the bronze again at the World Championship in 2014 before a historic silver medal performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She would also break into the top 5 of the World Rankings in 2017.
So the 2013 World Championship, was well and truly a breakthrough tournament for the young Indian.