It’s not so much a change of topographies — both Santa Cruz and Goa share vibrant colours, a love for dance and music and folklore, a love for mussels and tiny feet gorging on the free open spaces to play football.
After striking up a rapport with aggressive Carolina Marin, PV Sindhu is just warming up to the rally-machine Nozomi Okuhara. Sindhu, who recently won Korea Super Series title, can face Nozomi in the pre-quarterfinal match.
PV Sindhu beat Nozomi Okuhara 22-20, 11-21, 21-18 in Korea Open Super Series final and exacted revenge for World Championships final loss at Glasgow in August. Both fought as hard as then, but Sindhu possessed the better sting for the endgame.
Round 1 to PV Sindhu at Rio. Round 2 to Nozomi Okuhara at Glasgow. Sunday brings Round 3 of this riveting rivalry to the world. The two 22-year-olds bring to the contest what an old-fashioned great rivalry must - immense anticipation.
PV Sindhu won 21-19, 16-21, 21-10, comfortably in the end to make her first Korean semis, but she uncoiled the fury compiled over two weeks of training in Hyderabad post the World Championship, where she was bested in the final by a more proficient Japanese.
Against a top Taipei pair which has consistently made quarters of Super Series and had a clutch of tier-two titles last year, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty matched their opponents’ pace especially at the net.
Others may be fretting her epic World Championships final loss, but P V Sindhu is back on the court, in practice, readying for Tokyo, determined to make every muscle, every shot count. The Indian Express meets a 22-year-old confident of her place in history, and enjoying her moment in the sun
Saina Nehwal confirmed a return to the Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad after a three-year stint with coach Vimal Kumar in Bangalore. She couldn’t have timed it better — having superceded expectations to return with a second medal from the World Championships.
There was more to last week’s Badminton World Championship than the action on court which saw Viktor Axelsen win the men's singles gold medal by pipping Lin Dan and Nozomi Okuhara winning gold in women's by edging PV Sindhu.
In the end, the Indian hearts may been broken, and accepting that a slightly better player won, will take some time. But no one at the Glasgow coliseum was left unmoved by what unfolded: two girls defying gravity on a shuttle for as long as their arm and leg muscles, and the willpower in their hearts allowed.
After a final of such epic proportions, words seem superfluous. Though she was disappointed with the defeat, PV Sindhu chose to laud her opponent’s fighting spirit and believed it will only make her a better player. Excerpts...
After Rio Olympic Games, PV Sindhu came second best in the World Badminton Championship too, yielding to Nozomi Okuhara in a thrilling final match of the tournament. Sindhu lost 19-21, 22-20, 20-22 to Okuhara.
PV Sindhu on Saturday beat the sixth Chinese of her World Championships career (she’s never lost to them in this meet) and it was the biggest decimating display. She beat Chen Yufei 21-13, 21-10 in the semifinal.