That’s how PV Sindhu reached the semi-finals by defeating Japanese Yamaguchi, medal hopes intact

In the opening game, the match was going on for a time, but as time progressed, Sindhu's aggression also reached the next level

That’s how PV Sindhu reached the semi-finals by defeating Japanese Yamaguchi, medal hopes intact

India's star badminton player PV Sindhu has made it to the semi-finals of the women's section of the Olympics, adding to the happiness of crores of Indians on Friday. PV Sindhu made an excellent display of the game in time of need, beating Japanese and two places above herself in the rankings, Yamaguchi Akane in straight games to enter the last four. Making the match completely one-sided, Sindhu raised hopes of another medal by adding 21-13 and 22-20 to her kitty, adding to the happiness of crores of Indian sports fans. And looking at how Sindhu is playing and beating the players ranking above her, it will not be surprising if it is said that she can win a gold medal as well.

Talking about the match, the match was going on for a time in the opening game, but as time progressed, Sindhu's aggression also reached the next level. Sindhu, with her aggressive rallies and agility, forced the Japanese opponent to come on the back foot. It was as if world number five Yamaguchi surrendered to Sindhu and the Indian took a splendid psychological lead by winning the first game by a huge 21-13 margin in a span of just 23 minutes.

The second game compared to the first saw a tough fight between the two players and Yamaguchi returned to the game after falling behind, showing excellent combative ability, but Sindhu proved to be one hand above her in the most crucial moments. At one point Sindhu had taken a 6-2 lead over the Japanese, but from here the second game went on for neck-to-neck. Sometimes Sindhu is ahead, sometimes Yamaguchi. Sindhu lost the advantage of the early lead and at one point the game was tied at 18-18. Sindhu trailed by 1 point from here, but the game again got stuck at 20-20. And taking the lead from here, Sindhu took the game 21-20 to herself. And then Sindhu, capturing the required one point, won the second game 22-20 and entered the semi-finals.