Thursday proved to be another good day for the Indian team in Rio after ace-shuttler PV Sindh defeated Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara, who is ranked sixth in the world, in straight sets 21-19, 21-10 and booked her place in the Olympics badminton final.
After Sindhu’s win in the semi-final match, which continued for nearly 51 minutes, India have now been assured another Olympics medal. Earlier on the 12th day of Olympics on Wednesday, female wrestler Sakshi Malik, who hails from Haryana, had won a bronze medal in the 58kg category and ended the country’s medal drought in Rio.
Sindhu will now face the world number one badminton player, Carolina Marin, in the final scheduled to be played on Friday. The 21 year-old two-time world championship bronze medalist had earlier in 2015 beaten Marin, who hails from Spain, in a 72 minute final match with a score of 21-15, 18-21, 21-17, played during the Denmark Open in Odense.