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India’s best day so far

Day 13 of the Rio Olympics 2016 was India’s best so far, with PV Sindhu reaching the final of the badminton women’s singles, ensuring the best possible finish for an Indian woman at the Games. However, the delight was tempered by the news that wrestler Narsingh Yadav, who has been battling a doping scandal, has been banned by WADA for four years.

Shuttler PV Sindhu scripted history when she stormed into the final of badminton women’s singles event, ensuring either a silver or gold medal for India in Rio.

Sindhu, who on Wednesday defeated World No 2 Wang Yihan, continued with her giant-killing spree as she made light work of the Japanese to register a 21-19, 21-10 triumph in the semi-finals and become the first Indian shuttler to enter the final of the Olympics.

Sindhu’s sharp cross-court game and half smash helped her get off to a fine start as she took the first game 21-19. In the second game, Sindhu turned more aggressive and played a fearless game to stun the Japanese who looked short of ideas.

Sindhu has now gone one better than her senior Saina Nehwal, who won the bronze medal in London four years ago, and became the first ever Indian to enter a badminton final at the Games.

The Indian shuttler from Hyderabad, a two-time bronze medallist in World Championships, will meet Spain’s World No one Carolina Marin, who ousted defending champion Li Xuerei of China in the first semi-final with a 21-14 21-16 victory, in the final.

Sindhu warned the top seed that her best is yet to come. “Of course, I am yet to give my best. That’s in the next game. I will definitely make the wish of our country people for gold come true. I will play my heart out,” Sindhu told reporters.

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