Pusarla Venkata (Pv) Sindhu an Indian badminton player, who became the first ever Indian women’s singles player to win a medal at the World Championships, is all set to bag another Medal in the ongoing Rio Olympics. Sindhu’s father Ramana is himself an Arjuna Awardee. Ramana represented India in Volleyball.
On 18 August 2016, she became the first Indian woman to reach Olympic finals after beating Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the semi-finals of Rio Olympics 2016. Sindhu had already won a tense first game 21-19. The second seemed to be heading that way too but Sindhu did what champions do, and found another gear.
When the final smash beat a back-pedaling Okuhara’s racket, Sindhu spun around, threw both arms in the air and let out a primal scream. She had won an incredible 11 points in a row to win the match and become the first Indian badminton player — male or female mdash; to reach an Olympic final.
Sindhu now faces World No. 1 Carolina Marin in what will be her toughest challenge yet. But whatever happens in that match, this is the breakout tournament we have been hoping to see from Sindhu since she won her first World Championship bronze back in 2013.
“My target is gold, I will fight my heart out,” says Sindhu about a tough singles final against top seed Carolina Marin.
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