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Rio Olympics 2016: Sindhu promises to go for gold medal

Indian Shuttler P V Sindhu Played Astonishingly Well Against Nozomi Okuhara Of Japan In The Semi-final Match. She Won In Straight Sets And She Looked In Command In The Second Set. She Assures Silver Medal For India At Rio Olympics With Her Victory. Now She Will Be Up Against World No.1 Carolina Marin In The Women's Singles Final.

PTI | Updated on: 18 Aug 2016, 11:20:25 PM
P V Sindhu in semi-final match at Rio Olympics: Source Getty Images

New Delhi:

Indian shuttler P V Sindhu played astonishingly well against Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the semi-final match. She won in straight sets and she looked in command in the second set. She assures silver medal for India at Rio Olympics with her victory. Now she will be up against World No.1 Carolina Marin in the women's singles final.

Celebrating the victory PV Sindhu's father said: When she was leading 15-10 in the second game then we thought that she will now win.

The immensely talented Hyderabadi girl has done a notch better than her illustrious senior Saina Nehwal, who got country’s its first medal from badminton—a bronze in London 2012

Sindhu will next take on two-time World Champion and top seed Carolina Marin of Spain in the summit clash on Friday.

“My target will be to win the gold and I will give my heart out. I feel I really worked hard each and every time.  Everybody’s aim is to get a medal at the Olympics, one more match to go. Definitely I feel that I’ve a chance,” Sindhu said.

“It’s nothing like pressure. It’s just that I have to give my 100 per cent. There’s one more match to go, I’m really prepared for tomorrow’s match. It’s not going to be easy. She is a really tough opponent. It’s the Olympic final, and she’s playing really well. It depends who gives her best and does well will win the final tomorrow.

Moments after her win that has assured India a silver, Bindra tweeted, “You’ve no idea how lonely it’s been, I’m waiting for you to join me in the club.”

Responding to the tweet, Sindhu said: “I would make that wish come true. I would give my heart out for that and play my best.”

Excited to make the final in her maiden Olympics, the lanky girl said: “I hope I would give my best tomorrow as well. First time in Olympics and also playing the final tomorrow, is a very great feeling. Just one more match to go.  I’m really very focused. Let’s hope for the best.”

The secret of her success is sheer hard work and determination and Sindhu said she just took one match at a time, like any other champion does.

“I did not think so far. I just kept on going every single match. The immediate target was to win the next match.  If you keep on winning you are going to get a medal.”

Her assured medal comes less than 12 hours after another woman Sakshi Malik ended the anxious wait by clinching the 58kg freestyle bronze through repechage in wrestling.

Congratulating Sakshi, Sindhu said: “I did not meet her.  I saw her on TV and I will definitely congratulate her for her bronze. She played really well. It’s a great thing for India.”

On her strategy tomorrow against the left-handed Marin, a two time World Championship winner, Sindhu said she would just have to go by her coach Pullela Gopichand.

“She’s playing really well. It’s going to be good match.

I will be really prepared for everything. It wont’ be easy.  Each one has a different style of play and strategy. It just depends on that day. She’s left-handed. I have my coach he will tell me the strategies. It will be a different condition.  it will be very different.”

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First Published : 18 Aug 2016, 10:56:00 PM