New Delhi: India added to their silverware in the Rio Olympics 2016 as Spain’s Carolina Marin defeated Indian shuttler PV Sindhu in a set match with 19-21, 12-21, 21-15.       

The feat is not a trifle one as Sindhu has become the first Indian woman to clinch an Olympics silver medal in badminton. The previous best was Saina Nehwal’s bronze in 2012 London Olympics.

The 21-year-old Hyderabad girl’s journey has not been easy.

During her preliminary rounds in Rio, she defeated Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying in a straight game win (21-13, 21-15) in a 40-minute pre-quarterfinals match thereby making her way to the quarterfinals.

In the semi-final match, Sindhu faced Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in straight sets (21-19, 21-10) making her the first Indian woman to achieve this feat.   

The entire nation offered prayers for PV Sindhu as she was the India’s only hope in a bid to win gold for the country.

PV Sindhu was born on July 5, 1995 in Hyderabad. Both her parents played professional volleyball her father PV Ramana was also conferred with Arjuna Award. PV started playing badminton at the age of eight and she is a big fan of Pullela Gopichand. In 2014, she was named NDTV Indian of the year. She won the Arjuna Award when she was just 18. 

Last year she was conferred with India’s fourth highest civilian honour ‘Padma Shri’.