Great joy for Indian sports fans as the ninth-seeded impeccable #PVSindhu came up with an ace performance against world No 5 Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the women’s individual badminton semi-finals at the Rio Olympics. Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara was clearly dominated by Sindhu, as she won the match  21-19, 21-10, storming into the finals, and also assuring herself a silver medal.

Twitter was abuzz with reactions soon after:

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It was a nail-biting keenly contested match, where Sindhu kept her nerve right to the finish. Her lead of 11-6 in the first game was closed in by the Japanese to 11-8, but the Indian shuttler maintained a slim lead throughout, finally closing out the tight set 21-19 after Okuhara netted a smash. The players were neck-in-neck at the start of the second game, but once the score was 11-10 in favour of Sidhu, she did not let up from her aggressive game, finishing it off with a clean smash for a 20-10. win. 

The 21-year-old Hyderabadi girl’s excellence at the sport was visible when she stormed into the semi-finals  after thrashing out world number 2 Wang Yihan 22-20, 21-19. And now with this win, she has created history by becoming the first badminton player to assure of a silver medal at the Olympics. Before this Saina Nehwal had won Bronze at the 2012 London Games. No doubt Sindhu will want to make it to the Gold medal spot. 

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India now assured of its second medal. Will it be a gold? What do you think?

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