Rio Olympics: Sindhu’s father hopeful of a good final match today

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A day after shuttler P V Sindhu stormed into the finals of the women’s singles event at Rio
Olympic Games, her father P V Ramana is hopeful of a good summit clash against Carolina Marin on Friday and feels there’s a 50-50 chance of her daughter winning the match.

The World No. 10 from Hyderabad will take on two-time World Champion and top seed, left-handed Carolina Marin of Spain in the summit clash this evening.

“It will be 50-50 chances (to win gold medal in finals today), because both of them are in good form. And it is left-right combination,” Sindhu’s father Ramana told PTI.

“And Carolina Marin must be having so many right handers to play. But these right handers will not be having so many left-handers to play,” he said.

“However, the way she (Sindhu) played yesterday, if she continues it will be a very good match,” he said.

Sindhu scripted history last night by becoming the first Indian shuttler to reach the finals of the women’s singles competition in the Olympics as she stunned Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in straight games to assure India of at least a silver medal.

The two-time bronze medallist at World Championship notched up a sensational 21-19 21-10 victory over the All England Champion from Japan in a pulsating semi-final that lasted 49 minutes.

On his daughter’s performance, Ramana said, “Yesterday it was excellent performance. We are happy that the child made us proud.”

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.

After her semi-final win on Thursday, Sindhu said she would give in her best on Saturday to win the coveted gold medal.

“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 had said.

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