Sindhu raises medal hopes

Sindhu raises medal hopes
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Indian shuttler PV Sindhu caused a huge upset, stunning World No 2 Wang Yihan of China in straight games to enter the semifinals of the women\'s singles category at the ongoing Rio Olympics.

Rio de Janeiro: Indian shuttler PV Sindhu caused a huge upset, stunning World No 2 Wang Yihan of China in straight games to enter the semifinals of the women's singles category at the ongoing Rio Olympics.

Faced with a much higher rated opponent, the 21-year-old from Hyderabad scripted a 22-20, 21-19 victory in 54 minutes over the former World No 1 at the Riocentro Pavilion 4 here on Tuesday.

Sindhu will face World No 6 Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the last-four stage. Okuhara defeated compatriot Akane Yamaguchi 11-21, 21-17, 21-10 in a hard-fought all-Japan quarter-final clash which dragged on for one hour and eight minutes.

Talking after Tuesday's quarterfinal, Sindhu asserted that she is determined to produce a similar effort in the semifinals and create history by becoming the first Indian shuttler -- male or female -- to enter the Olympic final.

“Yes, this is one of the most satisfying wins that I have played. I have played Wang Yihan several times and sometimes she plays a different game. This one was one of the best, and I hope it will happen in the next game,” she said.

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