PV Sindhu’s match against Spain’s Carolina Marin at badminton women’s singles finals in Rio Olympics will go down in history as one of the most pulsating matches played ever. P V Sindhu became the first woman to win an Olympic medal other than bronze in badminton singles event. Though she had to settle for a silver, it was nothing less than a gold in the hearts of Indians. Let us take a look at Sindhu's path-breaking journey in the women's singles event:
Preliminaries, Group M: PV Sindhu thrashed Hungarian Laura Sarosi 21-8, 21-9 in straight games in a Group M match of women's singles badminton in preliminaries.
Preliminaries, Group M: Sindhu, two-time World Championship bronze medallist, held off a strong challenge from Canadian Michelle another group M match.
Quarter Finals: 21-year-old Sindhu caused a huge upset in the quarter finals, stunning World No 2 Wang Yihan of China in straight games to enter the semi-finals of the women's singles category by 22-20, 21-19.
Semi-final: PV Sindhu registered a 21-19, 21-10 triumph in the semi-finals over world No 6 Okuhara to become the first Indian shuttler to enter the final of the Olympics.
Final: The final game was a see-saw battle between the two, with Marin leading by just a point at the half-way mark. The Spaniard however, shifted the balance of the game to her side by winning four consecutive points, eventually clinching the match 19-21, 21-12, 21-15.