PV Sindhu registered a place in the final of Rio 2016 Olympics after she beat her opponent Okuhara. Importantly, this Andhra-based protégé of the star Indian coach Pullela Gopichand becomes the first ever Indian shuttler to reach final of a badminton event in Olympics. Sindhu will now clash with Carolina Marin of Spain in the gold medal match on Friday (19th August, 2016). With her semifinal win, Sindhu also assures India its second Rio Olympic medal. Saina Nehwal had won the Bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympics.
The young Indian shuttler won the first game 21-19 in a hard fought battle and then demolished Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-10 in the second set. Earlier, she made her into the semis by defeating world number two Wang Yihan of China in the badminton women’s singles quarter-finals.
PV Sindhu first made her mark in the badminton circles in 2013. She won her maiden grand prix gold at the Malaysian Open, went on to win the first of her hat-trick of titles at the Macau Open. The bigger reward in the form of Arjuna award was the icing on the cake. However, the biggest reward is yet to come an Olympic Gold medal - the entire India awaits from her.