India’s PV Sindhu stands just a win away from assuring India an elusive medal after she stunned London Games silver medallist Wang Yihan of China to enter the women's singles semifinals at the Rio Olympics. The 21-year-old Indian won a thrilling match in straight sets 22-20, 21-19 dominating her opponent in smashes and fitness.
The ninth seeded Indian displayed a great combination of aggression and defence, outmaneuvering the more experienced Chinese opponent in a grueling battle lasting 54 minutes.
Sindhu came into the match with a 2-4 head-to-head record, dished out a compact game. It was a battle of nerves as the duo engaged in fast-paced rallies with each trying to close out the points. Some fierce stroke play was on display with the one having better control prevailing over the other. Throughout the match, Sindhu showed excellent judgement and accumulated points riding on her opponents' unforced errors.
With this memorable win, Sindhu became only the second Indian badminton player to reach an Olympic semifinal after Saina Nehwal achieved the feat four years ago. Sindhu will now meet diminutive Japanese shuttler Nozomi Okuhara, in the Semi Finals.