Rio 2016: Sindhu storms into final, will fight for singles gold
P.V.Sindhu has stormed into women's singles finals of Badminton at Rio Olympics 2016 becoming the first ever Indian to achieve this feat.
The Indian shuttler outclassed Japan's Nozomi Okuhara in two consecutive sets with 21-19 21-10 spanning 51 minutes in the semi-finals today.
PV Sindhu will face World No.1 Carolina Marin of Spain for the gold medal tomorrow at 19:30.
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 had a 1-3 head-to-head record against Okuhara but all that went for a toss as the Indian came out with a well-thought strategy as she engaged the Japanese inlong-rallies with her angled returns and deft drops.
In the opening game which lasted 29 minutes, Sindhu opened up a 4-1 lead early on and rode on Okuhara's unforced errors to extend the advantage to 8-4. The Indian engaged her rival in long rallies and tried to vary the pace and finish them with well-executed drops.
A cross court forehand return after a long rally which consisted of 32 strokes helped Sindhu reach 9-6 before the Indian reached the interval with a 11-6 advantage afterOkuhara hit long.
The Hyderabadi pushed the Japanese to the corners by playing half smashes and drops, while Okuhara continued to find the net while trying to play the cross court drops from the baseline.
Leading 14-10, Sindhu hit wide and long before coming up with a superb drop even as Okuhara forehand returns.
At 16-18, Sindhu failed to negotiate a body return but she again caught hold of the shuttle early using her height and sent it sailing out of the Japanese reach. A missed net shot by Okuhara saw Sindhu reach the game point.
What ensued next was a long rally with Okuhara hitting across as the Indian grabbed the opening game after the Japanese found the net.
Sindhu was coming into the match after stunning world No. 2 Wang Yihan of China 22-20 21-19 in the quarter-final.