PV Sindhu has won India's second medal of the 2016 Rio Olympics, but it was't the one she, her coach P Gopichand and all those indians who tuned into the gold medal women's singles badminton match at the Riocentro on Friday wished for.
Sindhu, tenth in the global rankings, lost to Spain's Carolina Marin, ranked No 1, 21-12, 12-21, 15-21 to settle for silver.
Sindhu‘s Olympics 2016 journey has been nothing short of legendary! She has beaten world class players like Tai Tzu-ying, Wang Yihan, Michelle Li and more recently, Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara to reach the finals. But today, she was stunned by World no. 1 Carolina Marin from Spain who claimed the Gold medal. Nevertheless, PV Sindhu’s performance has been phenomenal and well-deserving of the silver medal.
Defeat will sting Sindhu, for she had rallied superbly to come back from 6-11 and win the first game, but it needed something far greater to beat a champion like Marin, who has done more for Spanish badminton than Rafael Nadal has for tennis. Marin dreamt of an Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro and made it a reality with some high-quality badminton. Sindhu can carry her head high.
Indeed, it is a remarkable achievement for the 21-year-old shuttler at her first Olympic games, coming as it did with five wins in a row, the last two of which came over the world No 2 and No 5 respectively. On the biggest day of her career, Sindhu never stopped fighting and has won the biggest prize in the history of Indian badminton - an Olympic silver, to go past Saina Nehwal's bronze four years ago in London.
Sindhu never gave up, but her opponent's experience and pedigree was simply too much to be overhauled.
PV Sindhu may not have won the gold but she has earned a place in Olympic history.
Sindhu became the fifth Indian woman to clinch an individual medal in the Olympics after Karnam Malleshwari (weightlifting bronze) in 2000, Mary Kom (boxing bronze) and Saina Nehwal (badminton bronze) in 2012 Olympics and Sakshi Malik (wrestling bronze) in Rio 2016.