Sindhu played her best game of the tournament as the Indian defeated Okuhara of Japan in straight games 21-19,21-10 to become first Indian women to reach the finals of Olympic games. It was a truly outstanding game from Sindhu as she took off her height and played wonderful drops, smashes.
Sindhu played some wonderful strokes which gave a 3-1 lead. Sindhu created openings with wonderful strokes and made sure that the Indian player dominated the game. Sindhu challenged in the first few points and the shot was called in. At the mid-interval break, Sindhu led with an 11-6 lead. After the break , Sindhu looked in a comfortable position at 12-7 . The Indian player made few mistakes at the net which allowed the Japanese player bounce back. Sindhu showed great character with some great strokes and hit 2 smashes on the 18th and 19th point. The Japanese player tried to comeback but the Indian player held their nerves to win the first game 21-19. Sindhu looked in complete control and continued to play aggressive badminton.
The second game, the Indian player started well taking a 3-0 lead. The Japanese fought like a champion and took the lead in the first few points. Sindhu showed her class with her drop shots and smashes which rattled the Japanese player. At the interval, Sindhu had a 1 point lead. After the break, Sindhu looked in dominating form and never allowed Okuhara to settle. Sindhu took 11 straight points to win the game and set 21-19,21-10. It is one of the historic wins for Sindhu who was not given a chance to reach the finals and played in the whole Olympics game so far.
If Sindhu continues to play like this, there will no one to stop her winning gold. She will play against Carolina Marin. It promises a mouthwatering match between two best players in the world.