Sindhu wants to be number 1

Sindhu burst into the spotlight towards the end of 2013 when she became the first Indian woman to win a medal at the World Championships with surprise victories over Wang Yihan and Wang Shixian.

In 2014 she went even better; eventually rising to number 11 in the world tanks to a string of great performances, culminating with a win at the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold event in November.

Forbes India chatted to the 19-year-old after naming her number 19 in their annual '30-under-30' list.

She said: "Yes, 2013 and 2014 have been very good. I think every year, I have been playing better than the previous year.

"Each and every player in international badminton has her day. You need to be ready for everybody. I want to be the No 1 player and win the world and the All England championships.”

"This is the time to play well and keep an eye on the Olympic slot. If I keep doing that, I will make it to Rio."

Her coach Pullela Gopichand added: "She is a workhorse. She can work for long hours and pick up fast. It makes her a great learner."