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Sindhu enters Olympic semis

Indian shuttler scripts a 22-20, 21-19 victory over World No.2 Wang Yihan of China on Tuesday

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Publish Date: Aug 17 2016 1:11PM | Updated Date: Aug 17 2016 1:22PM

Sindhu enters Olympic semis

Sindhu celebrates after the win. (Photo: Reuters)

 

Shuttler P.V. Sindhu stunned World No.2 Wang Yihan of China to enter the semi-finals of the women's singles category at the ongoing Rio Olympics.

 
The 21-year-old from Hyderabad scripted a 22-20, 21-19 victory over the former World No.1 at the Riocentro Pavilion 4 on Tuesday.
 
She will now face the winner of the all-Japan quarter-final clash between Akane Yamaguchi and Nozomi Okuhara in the last-four stage.
 
Wang was expected to be the stronger of the two, but it was Sindhu who dominated most of the exchanges.
 
The Indian won the majority of the long rallies and used her smashes and cross-court shots to great effect.
 
Wang opened up a 3-0 lead early on before the Indian made a strong comeback to draw level at 5-5.
 
Two players continued to fight it out tooth and nail, with every point being well-contested.
 
But a couple of unforced errors cost Sindhu dearly and the Chinese went into the mid-game break with a 11-8 lead.
 
Sindhu came back strongly after the break and reduced the deficit to 11-12.Wang increased the lead by a point with a long cross-court shot, but Sindhu kept asking the difficult questions and levelled the scores at 13-13 when the under-pressure Wang hit a shot too long.
 
Another unforced error from Sindhu saw the Chinese regain the lead almost immediately. But the Hyderabad girl continued to fight hard and took the lead for the first time at 15-14.
 
The Chinese shuttler then took three points on the trot to regain the advantage. 
 
Sindhu levelled again at 17-17 before Wang hit a return into the net to concede the lead once again. But Sindhu let go the advantage in the very shot when she hit her return too long.
 
A couple of points saw Sindhu gon into game point at 20-18. But an extremely long rally saw Wang save game point with an excellent cross-court shot.
 
Wang then drew level thanks to another unforced error by her opponent.
 
But a net shot handed Sindhu another game point at 21-20 before the Chinese hit an attempted return over the sideline to hand the Indian the first game.
 
Sindhu took the lead several times in the early stages of the second game but Wang drew level on every occasion.
 
Three consecutive points handed Sindhu a 5-2 lead. Wang managed to pull a point back, but Sindhu dominated the Chinese in the long rallies to score another three points on the trot to clinch a five-point lead.
 
Wang made a fine comeback with her deceptive shots at the net proving to be difficult for Sindhu.
 
She reduced Sindhu's lead to 10-8 before the Hyderabad shuttler hit a powerful smash out of Wang's reach to go into the break with a three-point lead.
 
The Indian continued to maintain her lead after the break even though Wang was never really out of the picture.
 
Serving at 16-13, Sindhu took two back to back points before Wang claimed five consecutive points to draw level at 18-18. 
 
The former World No.1 then took the lead with a powerful cross-court smash. 
 
Not to be bested, Sindhu drew level with a clever placement and went into game and match point with a powerful smash into Wang's body.
 
Then an unforced error by Wang handed Sindhu a well-deserved win.