Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.
PV Sindhu loses 21-19, 12-21, 21-15 to Spain Carolina Marin in badminton women’s singles final at the Rio 2016 Olympics on Friday. Sindhu has to settle for a silver medal – the first by an Indian badminton player.
Sindhu lost but not before putting up a good fight against a much quicker Marin who was quick to latch on to shots.
In the opening game, Sindhu came back from behind to go 1-0 up against Marin. The Indian shuttler was 6-11 behind at the interval and continued to trail before she took control when the scoreline was 16-19, not in her favour.
Marin had some mishits and errors in the phase which allowed Sindhu to pocket the opening game 21-19, winning five points on the trot in the process. Highlight of the opening game was the 39-shot rally between the two. It stretched both players and Sindhu won the point when Marin sent one long.
The momentum and confidence was on Sindhu’s side but Marin showed why she is the world champion when she outplayed her opponent in the second set. The Spanish girl opened up a five-point lead early in the contest when she led Sindhu 6-1. The world champion was quickly off the blocks and she led Sindhu 11-2 at the break.
It needed a special effort to fight back from there. Sindhu did but Marin’s lead was too much for Sindhu to catch up. Marin used her angles with precision and delivered the perfect drop shots to take the second game 21-12.