Reigning world champion PV Sindhu stormed into the semi-final of the women’s singles badminton at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics, defeating Japan’s number four seed Akane Yamaguchi in the quarterfinals.
Sindhu is just one more win away from clinching a second consecutive Olympic medal. The 26-year old had been a silver medal winner in the 2016 Rio Olympics. In the quarter-final, she rode on her attack to outclass Yamaguchi with a stunning first game 21-13, followed by 22-20 in a 56-minute clash at the Musashino Forest Plaza Court 1.
After securing the victory, Sindhu made a loud shriek expressing how much the campaign meant to her. Her preparations for games had taken a huge hit owing to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. However, she seemed to peaked at the right time as she was the lone Indian in the fray in badminton after players B Sai Praneeth, Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy failed to qualify for the knockout stage.
The Indian ace badminton player had entered into the women’s singles quarterfinals after hammering Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt. She remained unbeaten in the Group Stage, beating world No. 34 Hong Kong’s NY Cheung 21-9 21-16 to top Group J. Sindhu will next face the winner of the other quarter-final between Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying and Thailand’s Ratchanok Inthanon.
Besides winning silver in the 2016 Rio Olympics, the ace shuttler has won the World Championships gold in 2019, and also won silver medals at the World Championships in 2017 and 2018. She also clinched the silver medal at the 2018 Asian Games and 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Meanwhile, Assam boxer Lovlina Borgohain has also assured India of their first boxing medal at the Tokyo Games after she entered into semi-finals after defeating former world champion Nien-Chin Chen of Chinese Taipei in women’s Welter (64-69kg) quarterfinal bout.
So far, weightlifter Mirabai Chanu had got India their first medal at the Tokyo Games. She had clinched the silver medal in weightlifting with a total lift of 202kg.