PV Sindhu created history on Friday by becoming the first Indian woman to win a silver medal at the Olympics, and congratulatory messages on her remarkable achievement flooded social media timelines.
In a nail-biting finale of the badminton women’s singles at the Rio 2016, the 21-year-old Hyderabad girl won the first game 21-19, winning five points on the trot. But Spain’s Carolina Marin, a two-time world champion, came back strong in a power-packed second game.
In the deciding game, Sindhu fought hard to erase Marin’s initial lead to trail 11-10 at break, but was unable to maintain momentum thereafter. She narrowly missed the gold, finishing 21-15 in an intensely fought final game.
Twitter erupted with joyous praise for the young star:
Congrats, Sindhu Very well done...— A.R.Rahman (@arrahman) 19 August 2016
PV Sindhu creates history! Girl power rules. Bravo !— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) 19 August 2016
No Indian went as far as you did, Sindhu. You are a trailblazer. #HeadHeldHigh— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 19 August 2016