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25 Jul, 2021
PV Sindhu produced a clinical performance on Day 2 of the Badminton events at the Tokyo Olympics to register her first win of the group stages and solidify her chances of qualification into the knockouts. The Indian star defeated Kesnia Polikarpova in straight games 21-7 21-10 to lay down the marker for her competitors in Tokyo.
And while it did look easy, nothing at the level of Olympics is easy, and Sindhu alluded to the same in her post-match comments.
“Even though it was an easy match I didn’t take it in an easy way.”
“It wasn't like I wasn't prepared. Every time, it is very important to be focused and prepared for every single point in every single match,” the star shuttler pointed out.
Sindhu began proceedings in a confident manner, but the Israeli challenge did match her in the early exchanges, and at 5-5 in the opening game, it looked like being an even contest. But Sindhu then pushed the accelerator to take over a dozen points on the bounce and blew away the competition. She wrapped up the opening game with some trademark crosscourt smashes and powerful shots from the back of the court.
The second game wasn’t any different, as Sindhu kept up the pressure on her opponent and hardly broke sweat on her way to a comfortable victory in just 29 minutes.
Elaborating on her strategy for the game, Sindhu said that she used it to get acclimatized to the conditions, especially with the longer rallies.
“I think it’s important to make sure you play all your strokes and get used to them,”
“All of a sudden if you’re playing a higher ranked player or a stronger opponent, its not that you can play that type of strokes, it is important to get used to the situations as well,” she remarked.