PV Sindhu is one win away from the medal round after defeating Mia Blichfeldt.

PV Sindhu

PV Sindhu is one win away from the medal round after defeating Mia Blichfeldt.

PV Sindhu of India progressed to the quarterfinals of the badminton singles event at the Tokyo Olympics after defeating Mia Blichfeldt in Thursday’s Round of 16 match. The Indian won the match 21-15, 21-13 and is now one win away from qualifying for the medal round. The Hyderabad shuttler, who is seeded sixth at the event, overcame Israel’s Ksenia Polikarpova in her first round before defeating Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi in her previous encounter.

Sindhu overpowered her opponent despite trailing 0-2 at the start of the match like she had done in the previous two encounters. The Indian shuttler had established an 11-6 lead at the mid-game break, but Mia battled back to cut the gap to one point. Sindhu, on the other hand, utilised all of her expertise to prevent her opponent from tying the score or taking the lead in the first set. She then won the opening set 21-15.

The second set was all Sindhu as she raced to a five-point lead against Blichfeldt. The Indian shuttler was not about to give up easy points as she increased her advantage to six points. The Danish player attempted to close the distance by claiming three points, but her opponent continued to expand the margin with four points. Sindhu led the match 11-6 at the half-time break. Mia attempted a comeback once more, continuing to steal points away from Sindhu. The Indian, on the other hand, extended his advantage before taking the second set 21-13 and, with it, the match.

Due to the absence of defending champion Carolina Marin, these Olympics will be an opportunity for Sindhu to finally improve her Silver Medal to Gold. Sindhu reached the final of the quadrennial tournament in 2016 but lost to Spain’s Carolina Marin in the gold medal match.

Sindhu is also the country’s last chance for a medal in badminton at the current Tokyo Olympics. Sai Praneet’s quest in the men’s singles tournament came to an end as he was knocked out in the league stage. On Tuesday, the men’s doubles duo of Satwiksairaj Ranikreddy and Chirag Shetty were also eliminated despite winning their last group game 21-17,21-19 against the British pair of Ben Lane and Sean Vendy.

 

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