Rio Olympics: PV Sindhu promises to give her best in the final

By: Harpal Singh Bedi
Updated: 19 Aug 2016 03:45 PM
Rio de Janeiro: After making it to the final of the Olympic badminton competition, PV Sindhu promised to "give my heart out to win the gold."

Sindhu will face world No. 1 Carolina Marin, who beat defending champion Li Xuerui 21-14, 21-16 in other semi-final.

Talking to reporters after her brilliant semifinal win, Sindhu said, "I hope I will give my best tomorrow as well. First time in the Olympics and also playing the finals tomorrow is a very great feeling. Just one more match to go and I am very, very focused. Let us hope for the best."

She, however, hastened to add that Carolina is a very tough opponent and it's not going to be easy on Saturday as it's an Olympic final and she is really playing well.

"She played brilliantly again against Li Xuerui today. I think whoever plays well and gives their best is going to win."

About the win over Okohura, she said the match was not as easy as the scores indicated. "The rallies were not easy...because each rally was going very long."

“I didn't think it would finish in two games because it was going to be a big match and she didn't leave any shuttles. I feel she played a good game because there were long rallies.

"In the first game it was 19-all and anybody's game and so those two points were really very important for me.”

To a query about winning 11 points in a row to win the second game, she said, "It was going equal as well in the second game, until 10 points-all. At 11 points, I made the break and from there I just took a huge lead.”

"I didn't take it easy because you never know what can happen in that moment, so I kept going and won."

Asked how she managed to transform her game at the Olympics after some poor results earlier in the year, Sindhu said, "I have worked really hard...everyone's aim is to get a medal at the Olympics and even my aim is that."

She, however, was frank enough to admit that she committed many errors during the match. "(I made) so many unforced errors when my passes were going into the net, but then my coach said, 'It's OK, keep going, keep going', so I was really alert for every point."

Before the semis, Sindhu had defeated world No. 2 Wang Yihan of China in straight games.