Published: Sat, August 20, 2016
World | By Carl Welch

PV Sindhu creates history, bags Indias maiden Olympic silver in badminton

PV Sindhu creates history, bags Indias maiden Olympic silver in badminton

With her convincing win against Japan's Nozomi Okuhara of Japan on Thursday in straight games, Sindhu has become a household name - if she wasn't already.

Sindhu also lauded Sakshi Malik, who opened the India's medals tally with a bronze at the Rio Games and became the first Indian woman wrestler to win a medal in Olympics.

The two-time World Championship bronze-medallist notched up a sensational 21-19 21-10 victory over the All England Champion from Japan in a pulsating semi-final that lasted 49 minutes.

The fact that she had been beaten 19-21 21-12 21-15 by Spanish world number one Carolina Marin in the final mattered little for a country that until Friday had won a solitary bronze at these Games. "If she plays like this in the final she will definitely bring the gold medal", said a beaming Ramna amid loud cheers by budding players at the academy.

"My target now of course is to win the gold". But I really worked hard. When I came to final, I told myself just one match to go and you could win a gold medal.

"I'm very excited, I don't know how I'm feeling now but it is incredible that my dream has come true".

The Badminton Associaiton of India announced Rs. 50 lakh for Sindhu and Rs. 10 lakh for her coach Gopichand.

With no Indian woman ever having won an Olympic gold, Sindhu was now hot property and it seemed everyone, from reporters to Indian businesswoman and socialite Nita Ambani, wanted to hug her or take a selfie with the daughter of former volleyball players. However, that was the World No. 1's final point in the first game as Sindhu made a reflex shot to clinch the game.

In the second game Sindhu looked a bit exhausted and Marin was brilliant in court coverage. She came back after losing the first game to me and till ten points we were equal.

Twitter is already abuzz with congratulatory messages for the Badminton players and so are the television celebrities including Gauahar Khan, Keith Sequeria, Aasif Sheikh, Amrita Rao and many more. Sindhu struggled with her judgment and strokes. It's not going to be easy. In this photo she poses with her mother at Universal Studios, wishing her a Happy Mother's Day and expressing her love.

In the decider, Carolina got off to a flying start as she took a five-point lead in the initial stage at 6-1.

Growing in confidence as the match wore on, Sindhu won 10 consecutive points to close out the match with a barrage of overhead smashes.

"I never thought I would make it to the final, but when I finally made it I thought I've to. There were simple errors from my side", she explained.

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