This was the biggest stage ever for Indian badminton star PV Sindhu. She was not the most popular name on the Indian sporting circuit but her win in the semi-finals of the badminton singles event in Rio had guaranteed an Olympic silver medal for her and along with that the due respected which she was awaiting since she started playing the game.
In the finals, she was facing the world number 1 and hot favourite of the tournament in Carolina Marin. Marin’s reputation was enough to create second thoughts in the minds of PV Sindhu’s fans about the chances of her gold medal win. She was up against the best in the most important match of her life thus far.
Sindhu had conquered the first few moments of the game and most importantly, the first set. It was a little unreal to see the scoreline after the end of the first set. Sindu had won it 21-19, after being down 6-11. This was a gutsy Sindhu at her best already. Marin, on the other hand, had got the idea that this was not going to be a walk-in-the-park for him. The first set win had win given a lot of hope for Indian fans.
Marin knew she had to make a comeback. She did just that. However, she did not begin on a good note as Sindhu was seen running with the second set as well but as soon as Marin switched her turbo engine on, there was no stopping her. She raced away with the second set, winning it by a huge margin of 21-12.
Marin was now in her groove and Sindhu despite showing a great fight went down 15-21 in the last set, and with her went down India’s hope from her daughter of an Olympic gold medal. The fact remains that Sindhu had won a billion hearts.