Rio de Janeiro, Aug 18: In a historic moment for India, country's star shuttler PV Sindhu stormed into Women's Singles Final of Badminton at Rio Olympics here on Thursday (Aug 18).
Sindhu defeated Japan's Nozomi Okuhara 21-19, 21-10 in the semi-final match to enter in the finals.
The 21-year-old Indian shuttler maintained lead throughout the first game and won it comfortably but her Japanese opponent came back strongly in the second game.
At one stage Sindhu and Okuhara's scores were levelled on 10-10, but the Indian shuttler didn't give any chance to her opponent after that and won the game single-handedly.
A win against Japan's Okuhara in the semifinal has assured Sindhu of at least a silver, that would be only the second medal for India at the Games. The Indian shuttler will now face World No. 1 Carolina Marin of Spain for the gold medal on Aug 19.
Sindhu scripted a stellar 22-20, 21-19 win against former world number one and London Games silver medalist Wang Yihan to enter the women's semifinals.
Sindhu remains the country's lone medal hope in the badminton event after Kidambi Srikanth suffered a fighting loss against two-time defending champion Lin Dan in the men's singles quarterfinals on day 12 on Wednesday.