what turned to be one of the gruelling encounters, Pusarla Venkata Sindhu became the first Indian women to clinch a silver medal at the Olympics after she went down fighting 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 against Spain’s Carolina Marin in the women’s singles final in Rio de Janeiro on 19 August.
The two shuttlers, playing their first-ever Olympics final, matched each other in both skill and temperament as they produced a rally of an incredible 52 shots in the first game. But, the world no. 1 Spaniard bounced back from the first game loss to eventually win her maiden Olympic gold medal.
It wasn’t really a dream start for Sindhu who allowed her Spanish counterpart to control play in the first game. Soon, the 21-year-old Indian found herself trailing 6-11 with Marin in complete control going into break.