Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, or better known as P.V. Sindhu, created Indian badminton history on August 9, 2013 after a 21-18, 21-17 win over former world no.1 Shixian Wang of China in the world championships. The victory ensured her a bronze as she booked a place in the last four.
The 18-year-old from Hyderabad, not only eclipsed her much fancied Chinese opponents in the pre-quarters and quarters but also overshadowed India's number 1 Saina Nehwal, who made a quarter-final exit at the world championships.
Unfortunately she lost her semifinal clash against Thailand's world no.3 Ratchanok Intanon the next day 10-21, 13-21 and missed out on a chance to play in the final. It would have been her shot at the gold medal in her world championships appearance and be assured of at least a silver.