Keeping India’s Olympic medal hope alive, badminton player P V Sindhu on August 17 showed remarkable skills and grit to defeat world number two Wang Yihan of China.
The young shuttler is playing her maiden Olympic Games in Rio and has now qualified for the Semi-Finals of women’s badminton singles.
Facing a tough competition in the Quarter Finals, Sindhu won a thrilling, but a tiring match against Wang so as to create an Olympic upset.
Though Sindhu won the match 22-20, 21-19 in straight sets, she had to be dominating throughout her performance to overpower an opponent who was equally attacking.
With this win, Sindhu has now become the second woman Indian badminton player to reach the semi-final of the Olympic Games. Saina Nehwal is the only other Indian woman to achieve this feat; she had won Bronze at the 2012 London Games.
Sindhu is now just a win away from assuring India a medal in the women’s singles category.
If she wins her next match, not only will she assure India of at least a silver medal, but also better Nehwal’s Bronze medal from 2012 Olympics.
She will next play against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara on August 18.