PV Sindhu ensures Olympic medal for India

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PV Sindhu looks like a player on a mission as she stormed 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 ensuring a second consecutive Olympic medal, to add to the silver she had won at the 2016 Rio Games.

The `Smiling Sindhu with all her cool and calm composure, yet again, was in awesome form. But Yamaguchi fought brilliantly particularly in the second game when she trailed by six points.

The Japanese put the Indian in a spot of trouble as she was 20-18 but Sindhu saved the game points with two deadly smashes before finishing off the match with a down-the-line smash.

Yamaguchi, quick on her feet with amazing court coverage, raced to an early lead in the first game with her deft shots. But Sindhu soon made a fine recovery, making her opponent toil hard for every point. Sindhu combined attack and defence and made some great calls on the line to race to a 10-7 lead.