One Nation Two Woman Two Medals : P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal

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What is the news?

  • V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal continue Indian badminton’s dream run by winning Silver and Bronze medals respectively.

Which tournament the news belongs to?

  • The news belongs to “World Badminton Championship”, and it stood out as the finest advertisement for the women’s game.
  • V. Sindhu may not have come out victorious against the eventual champion, Nozomi Okuhara of Japan, but she won more hearts for her gallant display of endurance.

What are the medals won?

  • A silver medal for Sindhu and a bronze for Saina Nehwal make this the most rewarding Indian campaign in the premier championship.

How the rivalry between Nehwal-Sindhu started paying for India?

  • Nehwal, the silver medallist in 2015, and Sindhu, the bronze medallist in 2013 and 2014 in the high-profile tournament, have been engaged in a silent battle of their own.
  • This rivalry is proving to be extremely beneficial for Indian badminton, which is vital for any sport to flourish in a country.

How the two performed at big stages in recent times?

  • Sindhu won silver at Rio Olympics silver last year
  • Nehwal had carried an injury to Rio and returned for an unavoidable knee surgery.

Who has won the games against both the Indians?

  • Both Sindhu and Nehwal were tamed by the far-fitter Okuhara. The Japanese shuttler rallied from a game down to stop Nehwal in the semi-final, and she also ended Sindhu’s quest for the title in the final.
  • This explains why Nehwal and Sindhu stayed regretfully on missed opportunities instead of celebrating their extraordinary show of strength on the finals stage.

How we can get inspired from the two woman?

  • The two women are very different personalities. If Nehwal is driven by a wounded pride to establish her credentials, Sindhu, at just 22, is a sunny character looking to make the most of the time on her side.
  • Both owe a lot to their respective coaches, U. Vimal Kumar and Pullela Gopi Chand.

How the two will bring more woman shutlers?

  • Their combined achievements also bring into focus the fact that the next best woman shuttler in India is nowhere close to them in potential
  • Their heroics will, hopefully, in time draw more talent to the sport, but currently the lack of other women badminton players in their class deprives India of a fighting chance at team titles.

For now, however, it is time to celebrate these two exceptional women who have enriched the game.



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