India's P.V. Sindhu enters quarterfinals

29th July,2021

India's P.V. Sindhu enters quarterfinals

P.V.Sindhu looking ready for tougher opposition, got past a tricky rival in Mia Blichfeldt 21-15, 21-13 for securing a place in the quarterfinals of the Olympics badminton competition on Thursday, July 29, 2021.

On Friday, Sindhu plays fourth-seeded home favourite Akane Yamaguchi, who defeated 12th-position holder Korean Kim Gaeun by 21-17, 21-18.

Sindhu’s fifth victory over the Danish rival in past six encounters was also her easiest in terms of points conceded. In the months leading to her World title in 2019, sindhu beat Mia thrice.

This year, when competitions began in January, Mia surprised Sindhu in three games at the Thailand Open before the Indian avenged her loss at the Swiss Open in March.

Today, Sindhu dropped the first two points and never trailed thereafter. Barring a brief period during the first game when she let Mia rally from 6-13 to close the gap to 15-16, Sindhu stayed on top.

In fact, the decisive swing in the contest came when Sindhu won the last five points of the first game and the first five points of the second one. The 10-point streak underlined Sindhu's resolve and severely dented Mia's hopes of recovery in the game. Despite her best efforts, Mia stayed at least three points behind P.V. Sindhu most of the time.

The first game was very well contested. Sindhu displayed a fine variety of strokes and was quick to attack on both flanks as she kept on increasing the lead in the game. If Mia managed to close the gap, it was majorly because she found a way to push Sindhu away from the net and then unleash down the line smashes, mainly on the Indian's backhand. A couple of miss hits from Sindhu also gave Mia some easy points.

For the second day, Sindhu’s defence from the forecourt looked really effective. Again, she did not opt for the toss-and-drop game and focused more on shorter returns, which were close to the net. Her trademark forehand flicks from the backcourt that twice caught Mia off-guard were a delightful to watch.