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PV Sindhu vs Carolina Marin: Rio Olympics Badminton Women’s Singels Final (Highlights In Pics)

On Friday evening, the nation came to a standstill with people glued to television sets as Sindhu took on Marin at the Riocentro – Pavilion 4.

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The Hyderabadi started on a positive note but after 3-3, the Spaniard dominated the proceedings and took four consecutive points to lead 7-3 and then 9-5.

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(Photo: IANS)

Sindhu, who was trailing 16-19 at one point, fought her heart out and took five points on the trot to claim the first game in 27 minutes.

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(Photo: /IANS)

In the second game, Carolina, dubbed the “Girl Nadal in Spain” after male tennis star Rafael Nadal, attacked from the start.

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(Photo: IANS)

After the break, Sindhu tried to bounce back and displayed a lot of power and strength to dismantle the strategy of the Spanish opponent but failed and relinquished the second game 12-21.

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(Photo: IANS)

In the decider, Carolina got off to a flying start as she took a five-point lead in the initial stage at 6-1.

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After the breather, the duo continued to fight for each point valiantly but it was the more experienced Carolina who proved superior.

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But Sindhu was left powerless when Carolina upped the ante to pull ahead 19-14. She edged closer to match point with a half smash and eventually clinched the contest 21-15.

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Carolina’s emotion post match

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Photo: IANS)

Sindhu & Carolina’s emotion post match

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(Photo: Xinhua/IANS)

The distribution of medals

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The distribution of medals

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(Photo: IANS)

The distribution of medals

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(Photo: IANS)