Indian shuttler PV Sindhu bagged her second win of the Tokyo Olympics to close off the group stage. Sindhu skittled Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi in straight sets, 21-9 and 21-16 to clinch the game. While Sindhu was impressive in the first set, Ngan Yi came roaring back in the second only to be overpowered by a determined Sindhu.
The Hong Konger went neck to neck for the better part of the second game before Sindhu stepped up her game to get over the line. The Indian drove home five consecutive points in what was a closely fought second set, to decimate Ngan Yi’s newly found grit and confidence.
Herculean task awaits PV Sindhu
With the win, Sindhu has comfortably cruised through to the Round of 16. The second set would have served as an eye-opener for Sindhu giving her a glimpse of what awaits her in the knockout stages. Sindhu struck to her strengths a jump scare in the second game and will have to continue to do so if she is to deliver on the nation’s expectattions.
Following the group stage, a Herculean task awaits the Indian. First off she will be squaring off with 12th seed Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark in the pre-quarterfinal round. Up next will be Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the quarters followed by World number 1 Tai Tzu-Ying in the semis. Sindhu will have to give it her all if she is to replicate her Rio success.