Defending world champion PV Sindhu kept India’s hopes of winning the first gold medal at the Badminton Olympics as she defeated world No. 5 Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the women’s singles semifinals on Friday to enter. to the women’s individual semifinals.
The 26-year-old Indian won the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. In the 56-minute quarter-finals at Musashino Forest Plaza, she defended well and launched an offense, defeating fourth-seeded Yamaguchi 2,113,220.
He will then face the winner of another quarterfinal between Doi Inthanon from Thailand and Tai Tzu Ying from Chinese Taipei. The sixth-seeded Indian entered the game with 117 head-to-head results and defeated the Japanese for the last time at the English Championship in March this year.
On Thursday, Sindhu scored a direct victory over 13th seed from Denmark Mia Blichfeldt before the quarter-finals. After male singles player B Sai Praneeth and male doubles duo Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy failed to qualify for the knockout rounds, she was the only Indian to participate in the badminton competition.