Yesterday, read 18 August 2016, history has been made. The first woman to enter the finals of the Olympics showed something damn near heart – that nothing can come in between those who dream and determine. P V Sindhu, the girl from Vijayawada made India proud by assuring the silver medal, at the least, while headed for the gold.
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu faced Nozomi Okuhara, the fifth world seeded Japanese champ and delivered a smasher. Sindhu went all ballistic and fiery, as she delivered one smash after another to make it a 21-19, 21-10 win against Okuhara.
Her mentor Pullela Gopichand looked on calmly and focused as Sindhu went on about playing her game. “Jump and smash, jump and toss” he would say to her in between, as the 21 year old India’s daughter showed her full might against the challenging opponent. Okuhara, who is breathtakingly swift and reflexive gave her best shot until she had no choice at the end.
The podium was thronged by many Indians, including Sindhu’s parents, P V Ramana and Vijaya – both former volleyball players. Sindhu’s sweet victory was celebrated by those in the podium and the world, as she walked out with like a warrior set to fetch gold.
Sindhu will be facing Spaniard Carolina Martin, the world’s present aggressive badminton sensation on Friday, 11 AM Brazilian time. We wish Sindhu great luck, and cheer for her to bring home the Gold.