Sindhu disposes off Yamaguchi to enter semi-finals
India’s Pusarla V Sindhu took a firm step in her quest for Olympic gold in the women’s singles badminton, easily disposing off the challenge of Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the women’s singles badminton quarter-finals, in Tokyo, on Friday
The defending World champion, who won silver at the 2016 Games at Rio de Janeiro, won 21-13, 22-20 for a place in the semi-finals.
The Japanese raced to a 3-0 lead in the first game, but once Sindhu got her first two points on the board she was always in control
She dictated terms from the middle with a good mix of tosses and drops to wear down her opponent, who made unforced errors. With a commanding leads of 11-7 and 18-12, Sindhu relaxed a bit, but it hardly mattered. Yamaguchi scored just one more point before Sindhu wrapped up the game at 13.
The second game followed a similar patter, the Japanese opting for more net play, but failing to make it count as Sindhu was quick to retrieve what ever was dropped at her.
The Indian ace was too fast and accurate, repeatedly catching the Japanese on the wrong foot with her crisp cross-court smashes.
She established a 10-5 lead, but just when one though it was all over, Yamguchi got her act together, forcing Sindhu close to the lines and into errors. She too started tossing deep and effecting the smash, giving her two game points with Sindhu on 18.
But the Indian fought back to save those two game points and then move to match-point. She finished it off with a long smash and seal er place in the last four.