India’s PV Sindhu has lost to World number 1 Spain’s Carolina Marin 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 in the women’s badminton singles finals in Rio Olympics.
Sindhu fought her heart out but it wasn’t meant to be her day.
Marin had bounced back after losing the first game in the finals against India’s PV Sindhu making it 1-1. She won the second game 21-12.
Marin outclassed Sindhu by extending her first 11 points in the second game without much fuss. At the halfway of the second game, Marin was leading 11-2 against the Indian opponent.
This was after India’s PV Sindhu made a sensational comeback by winning the first game 21-19 against Spanish opponent in the match for the Olympics Gold Medal.
Early in the first game, Sindhu struggled with her return to a couple of Marin’s drop shots. The Spaniard also made her pay for erratic long returns.
She trailed 4-8 at one point in the game as Marin outsmarted Sindhu with her nimble-footedness. Credit to the new Indian badminton sensation that she narrowed Marin’s lead to 13-15 in the first game.
It was at this junction when Marin lost a crucial point after the first service fault was called giving a key advantage to Sindhu. Soon the girl from Hyderabad made it 15-16.
Sindhu then followed it up by winning what was the longest rally ( 49 shots) and took the score to 16-17. Soon the score was levelled at 19-19, all because of Sindhu’s fighting spirit.
Sindhu was hoping to set the record straight against Marin, who before the start of tonight’s final had an advantage of a 4-3 win-loss record against her.
Sindhu had won the first two times, before the Spaniard won the next three.
Sindhu beat her the last time — at the Denmark Open in three games — before Carloina asserted herself in Hong Kong last year.
Aside from a huge presence of cheering of Indian fans inside the court, millions of country’s sports fans fervently hoped that the Hyderabad shuttler’s heroics against world champion Spaniard Marin would result in the country’s maiden gold medal win in the Rio Games and divert attention away from dope-tainted wrestler Narsingh Yadav’s shameful ejection from the 74kg competition.
Sindhu, nonetheless, became the fourth Indian to win a silver at the Olympics after shooters Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (2004, Athens) and Vijay Kumar (2012, London) and wrestler Sushil Kumar (2012, London).
The two-time World championship bronze medallist also became the fifth woman player from India to win a medal in Olympics and the first to clinch a silver.
Weightlifter Karnam Malleshwari (2000, Sydney), boxer MC Mary Kom (2012, London), shuttler Saina Nehwal (2012, London) and wrestler Sakshi Malik (Rio, 2016) are the other women players from India to have won a medal in Olympics.