India’s PV Sindhu strikes Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi 21-13, 22-20 to advance to the semi-final of women’s badminton singles at the Tokyo Olympics on Friday at the Musashino Forest Plaza Court 1.
Sindhu started strongly in the first set where she led the game by 21-13 in 23 minutes at the women’s quarterfinal along with Game 1 which ended 11-6 in favour of the Indian at the break. The second game took 33 minutes to end.
The whole match stopped in 56 minutes where world number seven Sindhu booked her spot for the last four to play the winner of the other quarterfinal match between Tai Tzu-Ying of Taiwan and Intanon Ratchanok of Thailand. Yamaguchi fought hard but that was not enough to dominate the player from India.
“I am really happy with the win, but it’s not over yet,” said the Indian badminton player after the match finished off.
Sindhu had earned competently of world number twelve Mia Blichfeldt from Denmark and gained the victory within 41 minutes. Sindhu’s fifth success against the Danish opponent in six clashes seemed manageable in words of the points confessed.
Mia had shocked the Indian player in three fixtures at the Thailand Open when the tournaments were commenced in January. Sindhu had averaged the loss next in March at the Swiss Open.