PV Sindhu Olympics: India's badminton champion glided into the Tokyo Olympics semifinals on Friday with a smooth win against Akane Yamaguchi on the latter's home country.
She defeated the Japanese player 21-13, 22-20 in the women's singles category, inching closer towards a medal. Social media is celebrating for Sindhu as she secures a place in the semis for the second consecutive time at the Olympics.
The 26-year-old's smashing win comes on the same day that boxer Lovlina Borgohain won her women’s welterweight quarterfinal, assuring India of a second medal following Mirabai Chanu's. Read more here.
A game of strong smashes and long rallies 🔥🏸— #Tokyo2020 for India (@Tokyo2020hi) July 30, 2021
PV Sindhu won a hard-fought contest against #JPN's Akane Yamaguchi 21-13, 22-20 setting up a semi-final date! #IND#Tokyo2020 | #StrongerTogether | #UnitedByEmotion | @Pvsindhu1 pic.twitter.com/P9YU5NOCQx
As per reports, Sindhu has faced off on the court with Yamaguchi a total of 18 times, with the Indian champ securing victory in a majority of 11 matches. All hopes are stacked on Sindhu for her second Olympic medal.
PV Sindhu Olympics Win To Semis: A Look At The Champ's Career
The first woman from India to ever clinch an Olympic silver (2016), Sindhu as a sports star is counted among the best badminton players globally. Sindhu has cemented her place in rankings firmly as a world champion, earning recognition from top sporting body Badminton World Federation at the young age of 17.
A Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awardee, the decorated player has won India accolades internationally on a streak - at the World Championships, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games, to name just a few.
Sindhu hails from Hyderabad and is the daughter of former volleyball ace PV Ramana. At only eight years old, she began training in her sport, practicing hard for the numerous badminton titles she earned in the under-ten categories as a young girl. She opened her tally of international wins at 14 in 2009 by clinching bronze at the Sub-Junior Asian Badminton Championships, Colombo. More on Sindhu here.