PV Sindhu wins Bronze at Tokyo Olympics

PV Sindhu beat China’s He Bing Jiao to win bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday. PV Sindhu scripted history on Sunday as she defeated He Bing Jiao of China to become the first Indian woman to win two individual Olympic medals. Sindhu defeated He Bing Jiao 21-13 and 21-15 in the bronze medal match.

Over 53 minutes at the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza court 1, PV Sindhu overcame the fighting abilities of the Chinese left-hander to join Mirabai Chanu and Lovlina Borgohain as India’s medallists at the Tokyo Olympics.

It was PV Sindhu’s second Olympic medal after her silver at Rio 2016. 

Apart from the semi-final against Tai Tzu Ying, Sindhu’s Tokyo campaign covered all bases, showing almost no weakness with terrific court coverage and net play. To her trademark aggression she added the flexibility to not be pinned into the deep corners and was able to quickly convert defensive positions into attacking ones. Calmly closing out matches, she didn’t drop a single game in her five wins.

PV Sindhu clung on to her advantage, though, soaking up all the extra shots He Bing Jiao was making her play. The Indian came out of another draining rally to set up match point, unleashing a crosscourt to the vacant backhand section.

Leaving He Bing Jiao rooted for one last time, PV Sindhu sealed the bronze, stepping forward decisively and sending the shuttle close to the forehand line.

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