Rio: Indian Shuttle Player P.V. Sindhu on Thursday scripted history by becoming the first Indian to ever to book a berth in the final of badminton singles competition at the Olympic Games.
The 21-year-old from Hyderabad defeated World no.6 Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-19, 21-10 in 51 minutes in the semi-final and guaranteed India at least a silver medal in the event.
Sindhu will now take on two-time world and European singles champion and the World No.1 Carolina Marin of Spain in the final on Friday. Marin defeated LI Xuerui of China in straight games, 21-14, 21-16, in a match that lasted 55 minutes.
Sindhu remains the country’s lone medal hope in the badminton event after Kidambi Srikanth suffered a fighting loss against two-time defending champion Lin Dan in the men’s singles quarterfinals on Day 12 on Wednesday.