PV Sindhu poses with her silver medal. (Photo: ANI)
Shuttler PV Sindhu settled for silver at the Rio Olympics after being defeated by World No.1 Carolina Marin of Spain 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 in women's singles event on Friday.
The win gave India second medal in the Rio Games after wrestler Sakshi Malik bagged bronze in the women's 58 kilogram category on Wednesday.
In a summit clash, which lasted one hour and 20 minutes, fortunes changed dramatically at the Riocentro - Pavilion 4.
The21-year old shuttler became the first Indian woman to win silver at any discipline at the Olympics.
She began on a positive note but after 3-3, the Spaniard dominated the proceedings and took four successive points to lead 7-3 and then 9-5.
Composed by the pressure of the occasion and her towering opponent, Sindhu controlled her nerves and displayed superb court movements and hit bodyline smashes to reduce the lead to 13-15.
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.
Carolina looked like a spectator as it was Sindhu who reversed the roles to clinch the first game 21-19.
In the second game, Carolina attacked from the start. The Indian couldn't manage to control the torrent of attacks and trailed 2-11 at the mid-game break.
After the break, Sindhu tried to fight back and displayed a lot of power and strength to undo the strategy of the Spanish opponent but failed and lost the second game 12-21.
In the final game, Carolina got off to a hovering start as she took a five-point lead in the initial stage at 6-1.
But Sindhu displayed grit to pull level at 10-10. Carolina went into the mid-game interval leading by a slender one point margin.
After the breather, the duo continued to fight for each point gallantly but it was the more experienced Carolina who proved superior.
Sindhu though kept herself within a touching distance of Carolina at 14-16.
But she 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 in her kitty.