Indian shuttler PV Sindhu raised serious hopes of breaking India's long-awaited medal quest in the Rio Olympics by storming into the semifinals of the women's singles event with a stunning straight games win over London Games silver medallist World No.02 Wang Yihan of China, here.
Sindhu, who had beaten Wang in the Denmark Open a year ago, grabbed three straight points to make it 11-12 but left a shuttle at the baseline next. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Pranab Mukherjee, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, boxer Vijender Singh and bollywood actors Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan were some of the names who wished Sindhu upon her victory. It's one of the best moments. This is Sindhu's first appearance at an Olympics.
But Yihan started to gather momentum and entered the mid-game interval with a slender 11-8 lead.
She is now the second Indian badminton player since Saina Nehwal in 2012 to reach the semi-finals of an Olympic Games. It was not so easy to get points, both of us fought for every point. That has been the last point she scored. "Definitely I feel that I've a chance", Sindhu said.
Sindhu was on the backfoot several times in the first game, thanks to her eagerness to finish off points quickly. Some sensational rallying from both players led Wang to save two game points, before Sindhu prevailed 22-20.
A year later, she celebrated her 16th birthday with a bronze in the Asia Under-19 Championships.
Sindhu defeated Wang 22-20, 21-19 in a 54-minute match. Now it is all Up to the upcoming games in Rio Olympic 2016 such as Badminton, Freestyle wrestling, running and Golf. you can catch them all Live at the broadcasting portals.
Marin will also have been impressed by the ninth-ranked Indian, who has carried Team India's hopes since their top singles player Nehwal bowed out of Rio with an injury-hampered loss.
After that Wang took the lead for the first time in the 19-18 and it looked like the match was heading into a third game. Okuhara continued to make errors after errors and Sindhu would dispatch low returns easily. I knew there would be long rallies.
In the first game, the 21-year-old Indian took a strong lead of 8-1 to extend it further to 11-5 in the mid-game interval.
Back in 2008, The Hindu wrote, "With an ability to engage her rivals in long rallies before interspersing them with delicate drops to pick crucial points, this potential champion has set the record straight past year by winning both, the singles and doubles titles, in seven major championships". Srikanth, as he later said, should have kept it simple, while Super Dan should learn to not to take any match lightly.