Women power rocks in Rio Olympics when PV Sindhu has assured another medal after Sakshi Malik at the Rio Olympics. This tall and slender girl from Hyderabad beat world no 6 Japanese Nozomi Okuhara 21-19, 21-10 in the semi-finals of the women’s singles badminton event at the Summer Games.

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If Sindhu manages to beat the world no 1 Carolina Marin in the summit clash, she has a chance of becoming the second ever individual gold medalist from India. With a commanding height of 5’11, this 21 years old Indian is a deadly combination of cross-court smashes and back-flips over Okuhara to which she failed to answer. She is the daughter of two India volleyball players – PV Ramana and P Vijaya and started playing badminton at an early age of 9. Gopichand started training her from 2004 and eventually work on “Operation Rio” a year ago. A physical fitness expert and weight trainer specially appointed to build stamina and strength so that Sindhu could last more than an hour to tire up the opponent in the game.

Gopichand considers this lanky girl a natural talent. “Her body type and the fact that her parents are sportspersons play a part,” he said some years ago. He said,”Rankings are mere numbers” and like the coach, Sindhu believes in a fruitful match, “It is a fresh start on a fresh court on a fresh day,” what motivates her every day.

Regarding her first Olympics, Sindhu beat three higher-ranked opponents – 8th ranked Tai Tzu-Ying of Taipei in the Round of 16, World No 2 Wang Yihan 2-0 in the quarters and now 6th ranked Okuhara in the semi-final. You will be surprised to know that all were won in straight games.

Lets hope she does her best in bringing the Gold medal for India. Twitter has flooded after Sindhu’s win and many renowned people lined up to congratulate her


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