Tokyo, July 30 (PTI): Reigning world Champion PV Sindhu enters semi-finals of women’s singles and keeps India’s hopes of winning a first-ever Olympic gold in badminton alive, with a fighting straight-game win over world no 5 Japanese Akane Yamaguchi here on Friday.
PV Sindhu enters semi-finals
The 26-year-old Indian, who won a silver in the 2016 Rio Olympics, defended brilliantly and rode on her attack to outclass the fourth seeded Yamaguchi 21-13 22-20 in a 56-minute quarterfinal clash at the Musashino Forest Plaza here.
She will next face the winner of the other quarterfinal between Thailand’s Ratchanok Inthanon and Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying.
Mumbai Indians tweeted: “SMASHED IT! @Pvsindhu1 with yet another dominating performance at the Tokyo Olympics. She took down world not 4. In straight sets to book a place in the Semi-final round!”
PV Sindhu enters semi-finals, keeps India’s hopes high
The sixth seeded Indian came into the match with a 11-7 head-to-head count against the Japanese, whom she had last beaten at the All England Championship in March this year.
On Thursday, Sindhu had notched up a straight-game triumph over Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt, 13th seed, in the pre-quarterfinals.
She was the lone Indian in fray in badminton after men’s singles player B Sai Praneeth and men’s doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy failed to qualify for the knockout stage.
India beat Japan 5-3 to end pool engagements on a high in Olympic men’s hockey
The Indian men’s hockey team registered a comprehensive 5-3 win over hosts Japan to cement its quarterfinal spot with a second-place finish in Pool A at the Olympics here on Friday.
Already assured of a quarterfinal berth going into the match, India scored through Gurjant Singh (17th, 56th), Harmanpreet Singh (13th), Shamsher Singh (34th) and Nilakanta Sharma (51st) to register their third consecutive win at the Oi Hockey Stadium.
By virtue of this win, India finished second in Pool A behind Australia with four victories out of five Games.
The Kookaburras ended their pool engagements on top with four wins and a draw.
India’s lone defeat – a 1-7 drubbing – came at the hands of Australia.
The top four teams from each pool of six qualify for the quarterfinals.