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Tokyo 2020: PV Sindhu made it to the semi-finals with a great game, defeating Yamaguchi in straight sets

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Tokyo: PV Sindhu, performing amazingly, has made it to the semi-finals of the Olympics. She defeated Akane Yamaguchi of Japan 21-13 and 22-20 in a match that lasted more than 55 minutes. The match, which lasted more than 55 minutes, had reached a tremendous thrill by the time of the second set, where Sindhu again proved why she is a world class player.

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Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi may have been small in front of Sindhu but she started with great agility and shrewdness. Sindhu tried to avoid the attack in the beginning and she made only one smash during this period. In the meantime, Yamaguchi went ahead 6-4. Sindhu made a comeback here and came back in her game to level the score at 6-6 and then also took the lead at 7-6. Now there was a need to put pressure on the opponent in the same way.

Sindhu picked up her pace in a show of great play here and her consistent attack didn’t give Yamaguchi much of a chance. However, after the short break, Akane took a point with a tremendous smash and again Sindhu leveled the account by taking a point. On this occasion in the first set, such world class rallies were seen that Sindhu again told what kind of player she is. He kept Akane under constant pressure. He more or less maintained a consistent lead of 6-7.

Sindhu scored two points against herself by the end of the first game but made a quick comeback to win the game 21-13. Sindhu started the second game with a tremendous smash, which got the point. However, Akane also leveled the score while attacking. In this set, the match was tied but Akane Yamaguchi lost a game in the middle and Sindhu immediately had a 4 point lead. Yamaguchi’s annoyance could be seen.

After the half break in the second set, Sindhu’s smashes continued to see great variety, which also benefited her. He also played scintillating miss-guided drop shots and then continued to batter Akane with real smashes.

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However, again such an occasion came when Yamaguchi took advantage of Sindhu’s haste and brought the lead gap to 13-15. He then reduced the lead further by beating Sindhu in a long rally. After 22 minutes of the second game, only one point was left. Not only this, Akane again managed to level the score and then even overtook Sindhu. By the time the second game came to its end, Sindhu was testing hard. Fatigue was clearly visible on his face, but his class did not diminish. After 55 minutes PV Sindhu got match point and she again took India to the semi-finals.

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