oppn parties PV Sindhu Displays Extraordinary Grit

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  • S Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, says Pakistan should release and repatriate Kulbhushan Jadhav immediately
  • Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala asks the Speaker to hold the trust vote latest by 1.30 pm today
  • The Government sends a list of 24 questions to mobile app company that runs video app TikTok seeking answers for anti-national and obscene content carried on the platform
  • Sarvana Bhawan founder P Rajagopal, serving a life term for murder, dies in a Chennai hospital
  • SC allows time till July 31 to the Ayodhya mediation panel
  • IT department attaches "benami" plot worth Rs 400cr in Noida. The plot allegedly belongs to BSP leader [email protected]@@s brother and his wife
  • Dawood [email protected]@@s nephew, Md. Rizwan Iqbal, was arrested from Mumbai airport as he was waiting to board a flight to Dubai
  • Trouble brews in Bihar JD(U)-BJP alliance as Bihar police asks special branch officers to keep tabs on RSS activities
  • Trust vote in Karnataka assembly today. With rebel MLAs deciding to stay away after the SC order, the Congress-JD(S) government is likely to fall as it does not have the numbers
  • Amit Shah says the government will identify and deport illegal immigrants from all parts of the country
  • Reports from Pakistan confirm that Hafiz Saeed has been arrested and sent to jail
  • After the SC order, Karnataka Speaker says he will go by the Constitution in deciding on the resignations of the 16 MLAs
  • Rebel MLAs say they will not attend the trust vote on Thursday
  • Supreme Court rules that rebel MLAs cannot be forced to attend the assembly and vote in the floor test
  • Both the Centre and the Assam government have sought re-verification of up to 20% of draft NRC data
International Court of Justice agrees with India, stays Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution. It asks Pakistan to allow consular access to the accused.
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PV Sindhu Displays Extraordinary Grit

By Linus Garg

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Sunil Garodia Linus tackles things head-on. He takes sides in his analysis and it fits excellently with our editorial policy. No 'maybe's' and 'allegedly' for him, only things in black and white.
PV Sindhu is a fighter. She is also a big tournament player. Both these qualities were on display in abundance in the semifinals of the BWF World Championships. (The news at the time of writing this article is not good – Sindhu has lost the final to Carolina Marin). She fought like a wounded tigress in both the games after trailing by huge margins to beat her Japanese opponent, Akane Yamaguchi.

Sindhu trailed 0-5 and 4-8 in the first game as Yamaguchi made a flying start, hoping to catch the Indian on the wrong foot. But Sindhu put her head down and displayed tremendous grit in coming back strongly. She won the first game 21-16.

The second game saw Yamaguchi race away to a 19-12 lead and was just two points from winning the game. The Japanese girl discovered a weak point in Sindhu’s game – net dribble on the backhand court. She won two points there and looked at her coaches with an unbelievable school-girlish glee, as if to say see how I can beat her. But that overconfidence and happiness were her undoing. After Sindhu reduced the gap, Yamaguchi made it 21-20 and was just a point away from the win. At that stage, she made an error even a school girl would be ashamed of – she served on the wrong side of the court.

Sindhu quickly closed the match 24-22 and entered the final for the second straight year. Although she trails Marin in career record and had lost to her in the Olympics, she had beaten her in June in the Malaysian Open. But Marin is playing in an uncharacteristically fast and furious manner in this championship. Her game plan seems to be to bamboozle opponents. Sindhu has to watch out for this new Marin in the finals.

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