Sindhu whips Blichfeldt to enter Olympics quarter-finals

P V Sindhu stormed into the quarter-finals of the women’s singles badminton at the Olympics with an easy 21-15, 21-13 victory over Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt in Tokyo on Thursday.

She will meet the winner of the match between Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi and Korea’s Kim Gaeun.

The defending World champion called the shots early in the first game and raced to a 9-5 lead. Blichfeldt did well to narrow it with a mixture of long tosses and sudden drops to 14-12. The Dane continued to attack and reduced it further to 15-16.

However, the Indian ace allowed her only that much liberty. With clever play at the net and two long smashes she took the next few points to the seal the game 21-15 in 22 minutes.

In the second game, Sindhu, who won the silver medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics, got off to a rousing start as the Dan committed several unforced errors. She was up 4-0 and extended it to 9-4.

So dominant was the Indian that she had eight match-points in quick time and sealed the contest in 40 minutes.


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