Sindhu – Rio Silver
A billion Indian hopes for a second medal in Rio came to live when PV Sindhu thrashed Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara to reach Badminton finals. The match lasted for 51minutes and she defeated her opponent in straight sets by a 21-19, 21-10. It is the first time, an Indian woman athlete have managed to achieve something higher than bronze. Now Sindhu is assured of a silver medal. Karnam Malleswari, Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal and Sakshi Malik have won bronze medals for India in olympics.
Okuhara came with a new tactic and played aggressively against the Indian in the initial sets. But Sindhu rise up to the occasion and defended very well. During the halftime of the first game, Sindhu was in a commanding position with a score 11-6. But the Japanese player claw her way back and made it a close call. The Hyderabadi girl kept her composure and clinched the first set by 21-19. In the second set, okuhara matched Sindhu till the break and the score was 11-10 in favour of Sindhu.Sindhu came back strongly and unleashed a barrage of shots adding 11 points to her kitty.
Sindhu is now assured with at least a silver medal and can aim for gold. But the challenge ahead is tough. she will face two time world champion Carolina Marin from Spain. The spainian had defeated defending champion Li Xuerui to enter the finals. It was a commanding victory over the Chinese athlete by a score 21-14, 21-16.
PV Sindhu aged 21, is a product of Pullela Gopichand’s Badminton academy. In 2013, she became the first Indian women player to win a medal at world championships. Her father is also a sportsman and a proud recipient of Arjuna award for volleyball. Even though she was from a volleyball background, she got inspired by the success of Pullela Gopichand. She started playing badminton at the age of eight.
After joining Gopichand’s academy Sindhu had won many titles. Sindhu also received Padma Shri and Arjuna awards from the country.
watch the silver medal winning match