Tokyo 2020: PV Sindhu Through to Q/F With Emphatic Win Against Mia Blichfeldt
PV Sindhu seemed exhausted a bit, but fought her way through to reach the last-8 stage.
PV Sindhu, one of India's finest badminton players, defeated Denmark's Mia Blichfeldt 2-0 (21-15, 21-13) in the Round of 16 to advance to the quarterfinals of the women's singles competition at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Blichfeldt started with a two-point lead, and it did not took a long time for Sindhu to catch up. There was a sense of exhaustion in the Indian, which is understandable given that she had just played her match against Cheung Ngan Yi to qualify for the knockouts the day before.
Sindhu pushed her advantage from 6-3, keeping Blichfeldt at bay with excellent anticipation of where the shuttle would land and varying her tempo to preserve a five-point lead at 10-5.
After gaining momentum, the 26-year-old continued to score points, extending the advantage to six. Blichdeldt battled her way back into the game by focusing on Sindhu's left side, where the Indian was weak at returning backhand shots, and cut down the deficit.
Mia pressed Sindhu on the defensive with two brilliant smashes down the line, as both players utilised the depth of the court to score points, with the Indian taking a narrow lead. At 20-15, the Indian took a five-point lead and went on to win Game 1 21-15.
Sindhu stormed into a 5-0 lead in the second game, and her confidence was definitely bolstered by winning the first game. Blichfeldt tried to put pressure, but SIndhu held her nerves despite surrendering a couple of points; she maintained her lead. Sindhu was leading 11-6 at halftime and was likely to advance to the quarterfinals.
Sindhu didn't let her lead drift away. The Indian quickly extended her lead to five points and continued to dominate rallies as 13th seed Mia struggled to keep up. Sindhu grabbed nine match points and quickly closed the game to advance to the Women's Singles quarterfinals.
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