Indian badminton star PV Sindhu gets one step closer to a medal finish after sailing into the Women’s Singles Round of 16 stage at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics with a win over Cheung Ngan Yi of Hong Kong in the early hours of Wednesday.
Sindhu, who has topped Group J with two wins, clinched a comfortable win over Cheung, defeating her 21-9, 21-16 to advance into the elimination rounds with an aim to bag her second Olympics medal.
The 2016 Rio Games silver medallist, who is seeded sixth, took the helm of the match right from the first game, pulling away from her opponent, against whom she earlier had a 5-0 record.
After getting overpowered by Singh in the first game, Cheung did fight back in the second and courtesy of a couple of errors from the Indian shuttler, the world no 29 was able to take the lead.
Even though the second game looked much more competitive than the first and Cheung was able to gain the lead for the second time and make it 13-12, Sindhu smahed into equalling the scores from there, pulled ahead to finish the second game with a scoreline of 21-16.
“Mental health very important for athletes,” Sindhu said after her win, “I am in a very good space physically and mentally. Meditation helps me to be there.”
In the Round of 16, Sindhu is slated to face 2019 European Games singles gold medallist Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark.
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