PV Sindhu potential for India Sindhu’s expectations were high, given the player’s reputation in the women’s badminton singles over the last few years. So far at the Games, the 26-year-old has also lived up to the hype. Sindhu has advanced to the semi-finals of the women’s badminton singles championship, according to the latest news from the competition.
On Friday, PV Sindhu faced Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the quarterfinals. Sindhu dominated the opening set 21-13, putting in a commanding effort from the start. Yamaguchi gave it her all to beat the Indian ace, but her efforts were insufficient to prevent defeat. In the second set, Sindhu had to fight tooth and nail with the Japanese player, who had shown remarkable development. Yamaguchi’s outstanding effort quickly began to bear fruit for her. The World number 5 rallied from 8-14 in the second set to take the lead 16-15. Sindhu, too, showed steely grit to come back from a deficit and tie the game at 18 all before taking the lead 19-18 and securing the victory 22-20.
Sindhu’s victory will go down as one of her best, as she maintained her cool despite a tenacious Japanese who made the job tougher for her with each passing minute of the match.
Sindhu’s sensational run in the competition continues
Sindhu has advanced to the quarterfinals of the women’s solo event after defeating Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark in straight sets the day before. The game ended in a 21-15, 21-13 victory for her. She has now edged Japan’s fourth seed Yamaguchi to keep her winning streak going.
Sindhu is being tipped as one of India’s medal contenders. Carolina Marin, the defending Olympic women’s badminton singles champion, has not competed in the Games because she is undergoing surgery for a knee injury she sustained during a training session in the last week of May. Sindhu, who had fallen to the 28-year-old Spanish star in the Rio Olympics final, would be in this situation, has a fantastic opportunity to make a major splash. Regardless, one cannot discount Sindhu’s efforts, since she is now playing her best game and capable of defeating any opponent.
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