Tokyo Olympics: PV Sindhu beats Akane Yamaguchi in straight sets, enters semi-final

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Tokyo Olympics: PV Sindhu put on a powerful exhibition of badminton on Friday, decimating 4th seed Akane Yamaguchi in a one-sided quarter-final match at the Musashino Forest Plaza in Tokyo Olympics.

She displays hints of form that led her to World Championship gold in 2019.

PV Sindhu advances to the Tokyo Olympics semi-finals with a straight-game victory, putting her one step closer to a second Olympic medal.

Meanwhile, on her Olympic debut in 2012, the reigning world champion earned Olympic silver.

Despite a late rally by the Japanese shuttler in a closely contested second game, Sindhu required 56 minutes to defeat World No. 4 Akane Yamaguchi 21-13, 22-20.

PV Sindhu had to save two game points while maintaining her composure to win the match in straight games.

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In the semi-finals, PV Sindhu will face either World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan or World No. 6 Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand.

PV Sindhu defeated World No. 12 Mia Blichfeldt in the Round of 16 match earlier on Thursday in just 41 minutes.

Sindhu appeared to be in tune and went around the court with ease.

PV Sindhu had such a fine touch that she managed to make Mia appear toothless.

In fact, the Denmark shuttler thrashed Sindhu in straight games only a few months ago.

PV Sindhu had trained at the Gachibowli Stadium in Hyderabad, away from the Pullela Gopichand Academy, to get used to the circumstances at the Musashino Forest Plaza, and the move seemed to have paid off.

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