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02 Aug, 2021
PV Sindhu scripted history at the Tokyo Olympics, winning the bronze medal in the women’s singles – making her the only Indian woman, and just the fourth overall in Badminton history to win medals at two consecutive Olympics.
Sindhu defeated her Chinese opponent He Bing Jiao in straight games and ensured that India continued its medal streak in badminton at Olympics for the third straight Olympics. A bronze for Saina Nehwal in 2012, silver for PV Sindhu in 2016, and now a bronze for Sindhu against at Tokyo 2020.
Following her semifinal defeat on Saturday, Sindhu came out full of purpose and determination to make sure she doesn’t return home empty handed. She made an excellent start to the proceedings, taking a slender lead early doors and slowly inched into a lead by the halfway mark of the opening game.
Post the interval, Sindhu continued her excellent attacking game and hardly gave Bing Jiao any opportunity to come back into the contest. The second game followed a similar pattern as the first and Sindhu stamped her authority right up front. A three-point cushion at the halfway mark of the opening game meant that Sindhu just need to keep her composure to take the bronze. And despite a brief resurgence in the post-interval period, Sindhu kept her nerve and stormed to a bronze place finish.
Sindhu’s bronze is a historic win for the star as well as the nation. She is joining an elite list of three other woman shuttlers to have managed this feat.
Following the match Sindhu said it was important to win the medal for the country. She also pointed out that it wasn’t the easiest thing to do, but a lot of hard work and grit went in to the making of the dreams coming true.
"A lot of Indian fans showed me their love and support and I'm very thankful to each and every one of them. Definitely lots of love and support and kisses. I was a fresh game altogether, we both had losses yesterday and came back," she said