Shuttler PV Sindhu :
Rio de Janeiro: Shuttler PV Sindhu raised Indians hopes high of long-awaited medal pursuit in the Rio Olympics by booking berth into the semifinals of the women’s singles event with a marvelous straight game which has dismantled London Games silver medallist Wang Yihan of China in Rio de Janeiro..
The two-time World Championship bronze medalist Sindhu, who came into the match with a 2-4 head-to-head record, showed a precise game to surpass the more experienced Wang 22-20 21-19 in a demanding battle lasting 54 minutes.
The 21-year-old Indian now stood just a single win far from medal for India at the Rio Olympics.
Sindhu also became the second Indian badminton player to make way to the semis in an Olympic after Saina Nehwal who could qualify four years ago.
To get the nation a medal, Sindhu will battle against winners of the last quarterfinal between Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi and Nozomi Okuhara on 18 August.
India’s only male shuttler in singles event, Srikanth also continued the hopes for medal for India as he beat world No. 5 Jan Jorgensen of Denmark to make way to the quarter-finals. The 11th-ranked Indian dismantles the higher ranked Danish 21-19, 21-19 in a tight 42-minute contest.
With this success, Kidambi became the second Indian male shuttler to reach the last eight after Parupalli Kashyap, who made the quarters in London 2012. For the berth in Semi-Finals which will be held on Wednesday, the 23-year-old Indian will now encounter China’s Lin Dan, twice Olympic champion.
Long eleven days have passed and India hasn’t acquired a single medal which sounds quite disappointing. After six medals were won in London Olympic, the anticipated Rio Olympic was a high-hope for Indians as well as Indian athletes.
Hopes rest on three disciplines as in other sports Indian contingent have performed poorly. Those three are: track and field, badminton and wrestling.
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As this is not enough, Contingent had been treated poorly and served only “peanuts” at a dinner party organized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports here on Independence Day, after having skipped dinner at Rio.
If India gets back at home without a medal then it would be the first time after 1992 Barcelona Olympics..