Tokyo Olympics; P V Sindhu enters quarterfinals

India’s badminton player PV Sindhu defeated Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark 2-0 (21-15 21-13) and advanced to the quarterfinals of the women’s singles badminton event while the Indian men’s hockey team went past Argentina 3-1 to advance to the quarters.

P V Sindhu will face the winner of the Round of 16 matches between 4th seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan and 12th seed Kim in the quarter-final on Friday.

Sindhu is the lone Indian badminton hope left in the fray after B Sai Praneeth’s maiden Olympic campaign ended in agony in the men’s competition.

Sindhu started the match not just matching her opponent’s aggression but overpowering it. She was moving wonderfully on the court and mixing it up well to race to an 11-6 lead in the first game. Sindhu had said in the lead-up to the Games that she was working on a couple of new shots and the accuracy with which she is hitting the overhead drop is astounding.

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Sindhu was troubled on her backhand side by Mia who found her feet after the break in the first game. She stitched a run of 5 straight points to make it 11-13 in the first game but Sindhu found an extra gear to close out the first game in 22 minutes.

Having been here and done this before, Sindhu was not going to go down after taking the first game, and she raced to a 5-0 lead in the 2nd game.

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