Still Hope For India

While the Indian ace in badminton Saina Nehwal, faced an inglorious defeat by the hands of top seed Li Xuerui of China; India still hopes to win a medal at the Worlds owing to the 19 years old Hyderabadi rookie PV Sindhu.
Sindhu had created history by becoming the first Indian girl to win a women’s singles medal at the World Championships a year ago and this season she has managed to stun crowds by reaching the medal round at the Copenhagen on Friday. She has become the first to earn consecutive medals at the Worlds. Sindhu will be regarded among the ranks of Prakash Padukone who managed to win a bronze in the men’s singles category in 1983 and the Jwala Gutta – Ashwini Ponappa pair who also managed to bag a bronze in the women’s doubles in 2011 at the World Championships. She has become the third fourth Indian and the first to secure a medal in the women’s singles.
Sindhu displayed a huge comeback after a rare hard fought 1 hour 55 minute long battle of the shuttle against two-time All England champion and Asiad gold medalist Shixian Wang and managed to silence the Chinese superstar with 19-21, 21-19, 21-15. This win over Wang ensures her a spot in the semi – finals and the assurance of at least a bronze.
“Sindhu is a fiery player, strategic and very aggressive which is a rare and deadly combination. She has displayed great finesse and control over her shots and if she continues this, she can very well change the color of the medal. She has reached the semi – finals again, which is a good sign after managing a good win against Shixian. Let us hope that she does not let this chance go and win at the face off,” officials told reporters.