Watching Sindhu at Rio

I watched at least three matches that Sindhu played, and a couple which Kidambi Srikanth won. Mostly because I used to play Badminton as a kid, and like the game. At the Olympics, we Indians get few chances to watch giant-killers. Sindhu is definitely one of those!

Gave me goosebumps to see how she fought a close first game without losing her nerve despite a good game by the Japanese opponent (semi-finals). The second game was amazing, and she just dominated her after the halfway mark where they were tied 10 all. Went on to a 21-10 score, smashing her way through a (now) baffled opponent. Did not seem to have an iota of doubt that she was going to win! The hallmark of a champ.

Confidence in yourself is an amazing thing, whichever way it shows. And she had oodles of it. Wonderful to see an Indian assert herself on a sports field in an individual event. The Gold is a distinct possibility, if she plays the finals like this. Great show, proud to just watch her! Congrats to her coach Gopichand too.


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