-Dev Ankur Wadhawan
It was an edge – of – the – seat thrilling semi – final at the Olympics 2016’s Women Singles event at the end of which PV Sindhu emerged the clear winner. Sindhu beat her Japanese opponent Nozumi Okuhara in straight sets 21- 19, 21-10.
It was a great show of courage, determination and superb skills which witnessed a focused Sindhu come out on top, beating the Japanese contender comprehensively. Sindhu seemed the more equipped player, making fantastic use of her height and reach. Sindhu was aggressive and tried to take on her opponent all through the match. She wore her heart on her sleeve. Her coach, Pullela Gopichand, who has played a stellar role in her growth as a player, egged her on. There were several in the crowd, rooting for Sindhu as she displayed great skills, defeating her Japanese opponent comprehensively.
PV Sindhu reached the semi -final after defeating the Chinese, Wang Yihan. She defeated the Chinese player 22-20, 21-19. Earlier, Wang Yihan, who was comprehensively defeated by Sindhu in the quarterfinal, had won Silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
Sindhu has been trained at Hyderabad’s Gopichand Badminton Academy. She began training in Badminton at the age of eight. Both parents of Sindhu have been Volleyball players.
With her victory in the Semi – final at the Rio Olympics 2016, Sindhu has become the first player to reach the final of a Badminton event at the Olympics. After winning the semi final, Sindhu will be up against Spain’s Carolina Marin in the final. If she stays at the top of her form in the final encounter of the Women Singles Badminton event at the Olympics 2016, there is a great possibility that India will get its first woman Gold medal winner in Olympics 2016.