PV Sindhu assures medal for India by entering Badminton final: India shuttler PV Sindhu has made history. She has become the first ever Indian to enter the women’s badminton singles event at the Olympics. Sindhu beat Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-19, 21-10 in the semi-final match, with which she secured a sure spot in the finals.

India’s medal tally is surely going to be 1 silver and 1 bronze now. All said and done, Sindhu has a massive challenge in front of her in the finals of the Women’s Badminton at Rio Olympics 2016 as she will have to face World Seed No.1, Carolina Marin of Spain.

PV Sindhu
PV Sindhu

PV Sindhu was applauded by experts and the audience for the amazing performance that she displayed playing against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the semi-finals. Sindhu’s peculiar smashes changed the tides of the game midway which have given her a gateway to the gold match of the Women’s Badminton event.

Bollywood celebritites like Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Priyanka Chopra have congratulated Indian woman shuttler P.V. Sindhu on her Olympic win.

Aamir Khan tweeted: Way to go Sindhu! Congratulations! You have made India proud! All the very best for the finals. Love.a.

A place in the final has also ensured that Sindhu will become the fifth female athlete from India to manage a podium finish at the world’s biggest sporting extravaganza. The other four women who have won a medal for India at the Olympics are Karnam Malleswari (bronze in women’s 69 kg weightlifting, Sydney, 2000), Saina Nehwal (bronze in women’s singles badminton, London, 2012), Mary Kom (bronze in women’s flyweight boxing, London, 2012) and Sakshi Malik (bronze in women’s 58kg freestyle wrestling, Rio, 2016).

Prior to the Games, she said, “The biggest dream I am chasing now is an Olympic medal. I remember watching Saina in London. Then I was ranked World No. 25. I always longed to be there and I am all excited to represent India in Rio.”