Sindhu vs Marin badminton final match: The Indian fans are all agog after badminton star PV Sindhu managed to thrash her Japanese opponent in the semi-final of the Olympic Games at Rio to reach the final where she will face Spain’s Carolina Marin in a match where she has the chance to win the gold medal itself. The tremendous welling up of emotions across India as fans took to streets to celebrate while others put their comments on social media was as amazing to see as it was historic. While Sindhu has ensured, with this win, a silver medal for herself, she will be fighting for gold in the evening today and the entire country will be egging her on to deliver the first such medal for her country at the Rio Olympics. The pride of India PV Sindhu has the ability to win and has the game to do so provided she holds her nerve through this decidedly wracking match.
PV Sindhu and Carolina Marin are more or less equally matched in terms of strength, reach (they are both tall) and they play well almost at every part of the court. However, there is a weakness in Marin that PV Sindhu must be hoping to profit from and that is at the net. Marin is a poor player when it comes to soft drops near the net. She gets desperate at net play. The same was visible in the semi-final against her Chinese opponent who tried and did win points in this manner. There is a clear reluctance on Marin’s part to play near the net, she prefers the European way of playing power badminton and shuns the rest. She is so good at the rest that she is now deservedly world No. 1. Sindhu, on the other hand has the Asian ability to be flexible at the net and she also has the benefit of being strong enough to play power badminton and match Marin blow for blow.
No one wants to miss this match as it is likely going to be the highlight of the Olympic Games for India. And this PV Sindhu triumph comes after over a week of failures by Indian sportsmen and sportwomen who did their best but were just not good enough to go on to make a medal challenge. The worst was the ban imposed by the Olympics authorities on wrestler Narsingh yesterday. However, a source of joy from the Games came in the form of a bronze that wrestler Sakshi Malik won the day before. Now, another woman in the form of PV Sindhu is set to fight for a higher finish that would bring even more joy to the nation and in the process re-write history.
What time is the Rio Olympics badminton final?
Viewers across the country can watch the PV Sindhu vs Carolina Marin match on Friday at 18:55 hrs (6:55 pm) India time (IST). Also, check out here where exactly how you can watch this most important tie for India live.
How to live stream the PV Sindhu vs Carolina Marin women’s badminton final at Rio Olympics?
Online streaming: Fans can go to StarSports.com or even Hotstar.com and check out each and every shot live, while those constantly on the move can catch up with the latest goings on courtesy Hotstar App.
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What TV channels will air the badminton final in India and across the world?
Television Coverage Local Time (Rio): 10.25 a.m., which translates into 6.55 p.m. India time (IST) and 3.25 p.m. CET.
TV channel: In India, apart from DD National, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports HD2, and Star Sports HD3. Of course, those Indians abroad who would like to tune in can do so at RTVE (Spain); SporTV, Globo and Fox Sports (Brazil); BBC (UK); NBC (US); CBC, TSN and RDS (Canada). Channel 7 (Australia); CCTV (China).