PV Sindhu guaranteed that she would beat the Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara who ranked fifth in the world. PV Sindhu beated Nozomi Okuhara in rio Olympic’s, and the score was 21-19, 21-10. It was a 51 minute game and ofcource there was cut throat competition because they were playing the semi-final’s of the women’s badminton singles at the 2016 Rio Olympics. PV Sindhu is an first Indian in Olympics badminton final. Sindhu has also beaten Marin 21-15, 18-21, 21-17. It was a 72 minute’s match which was been conducted last year in Denmark.
Sindhu, the last of India’s shuttlers at the Games, dominated the first game with some beautiful backhand flicks and cross-court smashes. The initial exchanges were close, as underlined by a very small margin. But as the game progressed gradually Sindhu’s stamina and strength keep on growing. A fierce smash down the left side of her opponent’s court set up a five-point advantage. Repeatedly pushed back, and twice falling to the floor, Okuhara had a few tough moments before an error in judgement in front PV Sindhu. The Japanese shuttler did not buckle, to her credit, but was struggling by the time the first game ended.
The 21-year-old made a jittery start to the second game, down 3-5 time’s in the first few minutes. A terrific smash right into the centre of the court leveled it, and then a beautiful smash angled across. Serve after serve, return after return, smash after smash, Sindhu and Okuhara went at it, adding to the allure of a riveting contest. This was sport at its best, neither opponent ready to concede an inch but in the end, Sindhu rose too far beyond Okhura.
At times she glided the shuttle off her racquet, either across the court or just over the net, with playing defence. Suddenly she smashed it with a ferocity as unexpected as thunder on a sunny afternoon. When she fell behind, she fought back, her shots resulting in advances of at times thundering ferocity across the canvas of the badminton court. When she nailed the winning smash, making it 21-10, Sindhu let out a roar. And India jumped to its feet.
Sindhu had entered the pre-quarters with a grueling 72-minute match win over Canada’s Michelle 21-19, 21-15, setting up a very tough match against the world No 2 and London Olympics silver medalist Yihan Wang of China. Sindhu trailed by 10-12 and was later 20-20 but maintained her calm to win two points and take an intense first game. In the end, she beat Yihan – seven years older than her – 22-20, 21-19 to become the second Indian after Saina Nehwal to reach the last four at the Olympics.
Such outstanding form and temperament was perhaps difficult to envision from Sindhu given her middling form in 2016, which saw her exit a few tournaments at the quarter-final stage. She had won this year is the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold, where she beat Scotland’s Kristy Gilmour 21-15, 21-9. She was the runner up to her compatriot Gadde Ruthvika Shivani in the South Asian Games.