Rio de Janeiro, Aug 18 (IANS & Reuters): India’s badminton ace Pusarla Venkata Sindhu mesmerized world No. 6 Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-19, 21-10 on Thursday to storm in the women’s singles finals at the Rio Olympic Games.
Sindhu is now assured of an Olympic silver medal even if she loses in the final.
She will meet world number 1 Carolina Marin of Spain in the final. Marin had beaten Li Xuerui 21-14, 21-16 to enter the final.
Sindhu, who is world no. 10, sent Indian fans into a frenzy by blasting through Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara to reach the gold medal decider.
With a huge contingent of home fans roaring ‘Go India, go!’ at the Riocentro, the 21-year-old Hyderabadi gradually wore down sixth-ranked Okuhara before charging to an emphatic 21-19, 21-10 victory.
The Indian has secured her country its second badminton medal after Saina Nehwal took bronze in the same event at London.