"Her silver medal is the most precious jewel in the crown of Mother India today and she has set examples for generation to come," she said in her message.

Sonia Gandhi said that Sindhu played like a star.Saying that Sindhu has made Indians proud, Gandhi also congratulated the player's family and coach Gopichand.

PV Sindhu became the first ever player to reach the final of Olympics badminton singles. Her gallant attempt to win a coveted gold medal for India ended in heart-break in when she went down fighting against Spain's Carolina Marin and settled for a silver in the women's singles badminton competition of the Rio Olympics.

The 21-year-old Indian crumbled under the relentless pressure created by Marin to lose 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 in a pulsating final that lasted for an hour and 23 minutes at the Riocentre here.

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