PV Sindhu won the bronze medal for India in women’s singles badminton, by defeating Chinese opponent He Bing Jiao in straight games 21-13 21-15. This is Sindhu’s second consecutive medal at an Olympics and puts her in some elite company of players to have achieved such a feat.
Sindhu started the contest on quite a confident and determined note, she went for her stroke from the beginning and did not allow her opponent any time to settle. She raced into a lead early and held a three-point advantage at the mid-game interval in the opening game. Post interval, Sindhu further pushed the pedal and put the game beyond Bing Jiao.
The second game also followed a similar pattern to the first as Sindhu looked to be far more aggressive with her stroke play. Combing excellent attack and some solid defense, she pushed her opponent on to the backfoot from the beginning. A similar lead as she did in the first game heading into the break meant, that Sindhu just needed to keep things in control to win the match and the medal.
A post-interval resurgence saw the Chinese take three-points on the bounce and square things off, but then Sindhu quickly seized the initiative back from He Bing Jiao and took the match to its conclusion.
The second medal for Sindhu at Tokyo, after the silver in Rio is arguably the greatest performance by an Indian female athlete at the summer games. She is only the fourth woman overall in Badminton to win at consecutive Olympics. And while a bronze may not have been the color of the medal she was hoping for, she definitely has made the country proud with her exploits.
Congratulations have been pouring in from all corners of the nation on this achievement, and Sindhu will deserves all the accolates and more.