TOKYO: PV Sindhu, the 26-year-old Indian shuttler defeated Hong Kong’s Ngan Yi Cheung in the women’s singles badminton match at Tokyo Olympics qualifying for the pre-quarterfinals.
PV Sindhu who won silver in the previous edition in Rio, defeated world No. 34 Cheung 21-9 21-16 in a 35-minute match to win the group today.
Sindhu wins Group J’s three-woman competition with four points from two matches.
So far in the Tokyo Olympics, she has not dropped a game.
Sindhu began her season with a believable straight-game victory over Tsenia Polikarpova on Sunday.
The match against Cheung Ngan Yi, a tour veteran, was a tough one for SIndhu. However, the Indian shuttler made a strong start. She looked sharp and was hitting winners at will.
Sindhu will next compete against Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark. The Indian shuttler has a 4-1 head-to-head record against the Danish shuttler in 5 meetings.
Sindhu defeated Mia in straight games in their most recent meeting at the Swiss Open 2021. in the quarter-finals
If Sindhu advances past Mia in the next round, she will most likely face Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the quarter-finals.
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