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29 Jul, 2021
PV Sindhu produced a clinical performance in her last-16 match-up for the women’s singles in Tokyo to win 21-15 21-13 against Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark. Sindhu was relentless in her pursuit of a win and barely gave the Dane a look in the contest. An excellent start in the opening game, and Sindhu pressed home the advantage to take complete control of the contest.
The match lasted just over 40 minutes and Sindhu was dominant for pretty much every minute of it. This was supposed to have been Sindhu’s first major test after two relatively easy group-stage matches, but on the evidence of what was witness it would have to be said that Sindhu had it fairly straightforward.
Right now, she’s three matches to the good in Tokyo, and all three have been clinical performances.
Against Mia, Sindhu had the perfect combination of power and precision, offense and defence, and was never really made to work hard for her points. On the eve of the match Sindhu pointed out, how the match wasn’t going to be the easiest, but on court Sindhu proved that she’s in seriously good form for these championships.
Akane Yamaguchi could be the most likely opponent for the Indian in the final eight, but from what we’ve witnessed in three matches so far, Sindhu ought to be ready for anyone at this juncture. She looks confident, relax, and in a happy place and that is a perfect combination going into the home-stretch of the Olympics.