New Delhi: Pusarla Venkata Sindhu initially stated as India’s , the last of India’s shuttlers at the Olympics Rio 2016, struggled during the initial exchanges, in particular against some lovely drop shots from the left-hander but atlast grab the silver medal at the end of the game. P.V. Sindhu became India’s first woman to win an Olympics silver medal in the badminton play on, creating history and pulling an entire country out of its Games gloom with a remarkable display of aptitude, potential and elegance.
A nation watched, its billion hearts beating, as the 21-year-old pushed world champion Spain’s Carolina Marin to the edge after building anticipation for Indians across the globe ahead of the biggest showpiece final of the quadrennial for women’s badminton. Sindhu, who had been simply unstoppable in the tournament up to the final, had to succumb to the tremendous pressure created by the two-time World Champion from Spain, Carolina Marin, to lose 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 in a high-intensity final that lasted for an hour and 23 minutes at the Riocentre in Rio de Janeiro. In the end, Marin left the pavilion dazed with her 19-21, 21-12, 21-15 victory over the Indian in 83 minutes.
Sindhu, whose performances sent a country of more than 1.2 billion people into raptures, is now an icon of the sport. Whereas here are the stances came from her proud parents – “We are very happy. Sindhu is one of the youngest women players to have bagged a silver medal at Olympics,” her mother said. Her father said: “This being Sindhu’s first Olympic game, we are happy with the performance she has exhibited.”
Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu arrived home, at the Hyderabad International Airport, on Monday to a grand welcome gala. Amid scenes of jubilation and loud cheers from scores of people, Sindhu, accompanied by coach Pullela Gopichand, was greeted by her parents – P V Ramana and P Vijaya – alongside top politicians, who jostled to shower the Olympian with flowers, present her with shawls and click selfies with the first Indian woman to win a silver medal at the Games. Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mohd Mahmood Ali, and some ministers from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh were also present to receive the Olympian.
Sindhu arrived at the Gachibowli stadium where she facilitated at an official ceremony, following which fans lined up to take selfies with the badminton sensation. Cheering crowds, some with national flags in their hands, waved to a beaming Sindhu, who seemed to be basking in the glory, at several road junctions along the bus route, to the stadium. The Telangana government had announced a Rs five crore cash reward for the 21-year-old, a 1,000 square yard housing site near the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy in Gachibowli and a suitable government job, if she is willing to accept it that is.