Just few hours later, the bright star of Indian badminton, PV Sindhu, will be seen in pursuit to demolishing the current world No. 1 Carolina Marin but games have a rule; never underestimate the power of your opponents. The 21yrs old Indian star entered the Olympics as a junior to Saina Nehwal but proved her existence with skills and killer instincts and excellent guidance of Pullela Gopichand.
Now that the gold medal match is just a few hours away, like PV Sindhu, Carolina Marin of Spain will also be eyeing for her first gold medal ever, will it be her??? Between Sindhu and gold medal is standing the current world no. 1 who defeated the London Olympic gold medalist Li to enter into the final. Badminton is a sport dominated by Asians and Chinese especially but this will be the first time when no Chinese player will be in the women’s single finals.
Marin has long dreamt of becoming the first ever European women to be crowned as Olympic title. Marin has owned the world championship for two years, in her country she is dubbed as ‘Girl Nadal’ (named after the king of clay Rafael Nadal from same country). Her story has been remarkable and has seen her becoming world champion to All-England Champion, a sports which is majorly dominated by Asian she is the girl who is making all difference in the Europe.
Four years back as a 19yrs old she was ousted in the first round by the then who-went-on-to-be London 2012 women’s singles champion, Li Xeurui of China and she took her revenge in the semi-final. There is lot at stake for both Europe and India in the final. Despite the presence of Nadal in the squad, she was the flag bearer of Spain in the Opening Ceremony. Marin has a lot in her kitty and she definitely holds upper hand in today’s final.
Sindhu and Gopichand are well aware of the mountain they have to demolish today. Sindhu has played against Marin in past for 7 times wherein she has won thrice over the Spaniard with her last win coming at Denmark Open final with a score of 21-15, 18-21, 21-17. This match is going to be an epic to be remembered for long time and in all likelihood a three set encounter.