Believe it or not, there still exists huge discrepancies in facilities, income, and exposure for women athletes. They are often discouraged by the prevalence of indifference, while most people in the sporting fraternity somehow end up expecting less from them. In a similar vein, the fact that Indian sports continue to be a male-dominated spectacle perhaps makes the feats of the women athletes all the more worthwhile. The Bridge lists out the top ten women athletes of the decade who have shown us what it means to rise and start the revolution to pave the way for the rest.
#1 P V Sindhu
Ace shuttler P V Sindhu carved out a new record on August 25 this year after becoming the first-ever Indian to win the gold medal at the BWF World Championship. The shuttler scraped out an easy victory over the formidable Japanese Nozomi Okuhara to clinch the top honours. Naturally, much before even the final point, Sindhu appeared as a runaway victor. The lanky Sindhu put up a towering show that left her diminutive opponent feeling remarkably exasperated. Earlier this year, her performance graph marked a steep fall with a series of early exits in six tournaments.
The Rio Olympics silver medallist rose to a career-high rank of No. 2 in April 2017 after making her international debut in 2009. She stole the international limelight after breaking into the top 20 of the BWF World Ranking in 2012. Having won her first Superseries title at the 2016 China Open, Sindhu eventually shot up her medal kitty after winning silver each at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2018 Asian Games, and two bronze at the Uber Cup.
Sindhu has laid down a record of winning medals at every World Championships, the exception being of 2015. A recipient of both Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Padma Shri, Sindhu became the second woman in the world to win five or more medals at the World Championships.