Indian shuttler P V Sindhu enters semifinals of the women’s singles badminton event at the Rio Olympics 2016 with a stunning win over World No.2 Wang Yihan of China. Sindhu won the a thrilling, but tiring, match in straight sets 22-20, 21-19 dominating her opponent with attacking play. With the win Sindhu became only the second Indian women’s player to reach the semi-final of Olympic Games after Saina Nehwal at the 2012 London Games.
In the opening game which lasted 29 minutes, Wang raced to a 3-0 lead after dictating the pace of the rallies before Sindhu grabbed a couple of points. The Indian made it 5-5 after Wang hit the net. Sindhu showed some good judgement and accumulated points riding on her opponent’s unforced errors but Wang still entered the break with a 11-8 lead.
The Indian shuttler P V Sindhu led the higher ranked Chinese for most part of the game, until Yihan took a 19-18 lead in the closing stages. Sindhu shown great composer and grit to level the point 19-19. She then set-up the match point, which she converted without wasting any time.
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P V Sindhu is now just one win away from assuring India a medal in the women’s singles category. If she loses, she would have to play a bronze medal play-off with the loser of other semi-final. In the pre-quarters, Sindhu beat Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu-ying, seeded eighth, 21-13, 21-15.