She lost the gold, but her remarkable fight against the World No. 1 has won million of hearts and brought India together. Pusarla Venkata Sindhu aka P V Sindhu made history as she became the first Indian woman shuttler who got a silver in the Olympics.
She won the first game with a narrow margin 21-19. But lost the other two games 12-21, 15-21. In the thrilling final match she never gave up and displayed her attacking skills against Carolina Marin.
Though she played her level best but could not match with such a perfection like Carolina. This day Carolina was razor sharp in her movements. In fact, it was a fortunate moment when Sinduh took the lead. It was a 52 shot rally that she won to bridge the gap to 16-17. An error from her and a smash by Carolina lead the World No 1 to 16-19.
But she was able to win 5 points from that position which gave her the victory in the first game. Sindhu was not that lucky in the second game. Carolina who played well throughout the match took a lead 11-2 in the second game. Sindhu struggled with her judgements and strokes and kept looking to her coach Gopichand for her solutions.
The left-hander Spanish did two cross court drops from the two corners of the court that saw Sindhu rooted the grounds.
Also in the third game the Spanish took the lead 6-1 but Sindhu played her best and bridged the gap 10-all. Carolina like a true champion kept her patience and took accurate judgement. When it was 16-14 it was anybody’s game, but the World No 1 handled the climax and set up six match points at 20-14. After that, she missed the first shot but her second shot made her the gold winner of the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Sindhu like a true sport walked around to congratulate her. When all the attention was on Saina Nehwal, the lanky shuttler stayed behind the spotlight. But she proved herself in her maiden appearance in the Olympics and her tremendous game gave the nation a reason to be proud.
With her enormous success she automatically qualifies for the prestigious Khel Ratna Award. She will join Saina Nehwal, Sachin Tendulkar, Sania Mirza, Viswanathan Anand and other respective sportspersons.
After the final match the president of Badminton Association of India (BAI) Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta announced Rs 50 lakh reward for P V Sindhu. BAI declared a reward of Rs. 10 lakh for Dronacharya Awardee coach P Gopichand.
Some twitter reactions
Congratulations #SindhuSilver We are Proud of you “I really fought very hard and gave my heart out.”
Saw d finals on tv with my mom and told her I hv a picture with Sindhu . Proud .
Jeete RIO. God Bless! P.V.Sindhu. Badminton. Women’s. Silver
The first women to win silver for India in Olympic history of 120 years… Proud of you P V Sindhu