With a marvelous and splendid performance, PV Sindhu looks like a player on a mission as she rumbled her way into the semi-final of the women’s singles badminton competition at the Tokyo Olympics with a stunning 21-13, 22-20 win over Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi. Sindhu is now just one more win away from assuring a second consecutive Olympic medal, to add to the silver she had won at the 2016 Rio Games.
The match was really an intense one as it was a 56-minute-long affair, with Yamaguchi. Sindhu leading 14-8, the Japanese shuttler narrowed the lead to 15-14 after the second game interval. However, a late revival saw Sindhu regroup and finalize the game despite Yamaguchi’s spirited fightback.
The Japanese shuttler, early on her feet with amazing court coverage, raced to an early lead with her deft shots. But Sindhu quickly made an excellent recovery, making her opponent struggle hard for every point. Sindhu combined attack and defense and made some great calls on the line to race to a 10-7 led.