Badminton at Tokyo Olympics 2020: PV Sindhu kicks off her campaign with an emphatic win over Ksenia Polikarpova

PV Sindhu's opening match was a cakewalk as expected as she got over the line with straight sets to flag off her second Olympics campaign.

PV Sindhu
PV Sindhu

Ace shuttler PV Sindhu has got off to a scintillating start at the Tokyo Olympics. In her opening encounter with Israel’s Ksenia Polikarpova, Sindhu rushed home with straight sets of 21-7 21-10. The Indian was on the attack from the get-go as a lower-ranked Polikarpova had no clue what she is up against.

Winning the first game in the blink of an eye, Sindhu looked in a hurry to finish the match and she did so with ease. Having rattled the Israeli shuttler early on in the game, Sindhu struck to her strengths as she toyed around with Polikarpova. The sixth seed was looking to make the moves and took the attack to the opposition by targetting the lines.

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Tokyo Olympics Badminton medal contender - PV Sindhu
PV Sindhu

Rio Olympics silver medalist, PV Sindhu, is one of the favorites to take home the gold medal and in her opening game, she showed why she is a strong contender. The opening encounter was indeed a jog in the park for the Indian as she gave a glimpse of what awaits her opponents on her road to the gold medal. She kept it simple, stuck to her strength – that is being aggressive and that si all the Indian fans will be expecting from her.

On the first day of the Games, the Indian duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty kicked off their campaign with a stunning win over third-seeded duo of Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin in their opening encounter. On the other hand, shuttler Sai Praneeth lost his group stage match against Israel’s Misha Zilberman. Zilberman defeated the Indian 21-17, 21-15 in the Group D match.

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