Tokyo Olympics: PV Sindhu beat the Japanese No. 4 seed 21-13, 22-20 in the badminton women’s singles quarter-finals. The two were also included in a 54-shot rally

India’s No. 6 seed PV Sindhu withstood a late fightback to beat familiar rival No. 4 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan 21-13, 22-20 in the quarter-finals of the Tokyo Olympics badminton women’s singles event.

The Indian shuttler sealed a 2-0 win against her Japanese opponent, winning the first game 21-13, followed by 22-20.

The straight-game win sees Sindhu reach the semi-final of the Tokyo Olympics and inch closer to a second Olympic medal. The reigning world champion won the Olympic silver on her first Olympics.

Sindhu needed 56 minutes to outclass World No. 5 Akane Yamaguchi 21-13, 22-20 despite a late surge from the Japanese shuttler in a fiercely-contested 2nd game. Sindhu had to save 2 game points as she held her nerve to take the match in straight games.

PV Sindhu will face World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan in the semi-final. Full Score

China’s No. 1 seed Chen Yufei and No. 8 seed He Bingjiao will clash in the first semi-final on Saturday.

Earlier on Thursday, PV Sindhu needed just 41 minutes to outclass World No. 12 Mia Blichfeldt in the Round of 16 matches. Sindhu looked dialled in and moved wonderfully well on the court. Sindhu was in fine touch so much so that Mia was made to look toothless. In fact, only in January, the Denmark shuttler had beaten Sindhu in straight games.


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