PV Sindhu created history today as her victory in the quarterfinals has raised India’s hopes of another medial. She put in an outstanding performance to defeat Akane Yamaguchi in the quarterfinals. Sindhu was top class in the quarterfinal against her Japanese opponent. Here is all about Tokyo Olympics.
India has been in search of something inspirational at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. The Indian ace shuttler won the game in straight sets (2-0). Sindhu won her first set 21-13, followed by winning 22-20 in the second set. The win comes as a big boost for her and the nation at large. Sindhu will undoubtedly settle for nothing less than gold. But a medal insight has brought the nation a lot of joy and relief.
Pre-cap of Sindhu’s Tokyo journey:
There was a lot of expectations surrounding Sindhu took just 41 minutes to oust Mia Blichfeldt in the pre-quarters to set up a date with world number 4 Akane Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi herself was coming off wins in all 3 games in straight sets.
The first set:
It was going to be a one-tough game with both players looking in red hot form. Yamaguchi took an all-important lead in the first game (5-3) and Indian fans were worried. But Sindhu held her own and engaged in long rallies to take the lead first time at 7-6. She soon widened the lead to 3 points (10-7). Sindhu extended her domination in the first game leading 14-10. Yamaguchi was finding it tough to counter Sindhu. Sindhu finished the set off in a professional fashion and won the set 21-13.
The all-important second set:
The 2016 Rio silver-medalist soon went on to dominate 2nd set as well. She raced to a 10-5 lead. It was looking all too easy for Sindhu. At 14-8, she looked all set for a semifinal berth. Her dominance was there for everyone to see. Indian hopes were brimming again.
But that is when Yamaguchi staged a stunning comeback. She drew level with Sindhu at 14-14. Yamaguchi took the all-important lead with the game poised at 19-18. Sindhu then displayed her champion quality by roaring back strongly. She went on to win the game 22-20. Sindhu has set up a semifinal date with Tai Tzu Ying (Taipei). No matter what the result, Superstar Sindhu has given the nation hope of another Olympic medal.
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