PV Sindhu beat China’s He Bing Jiao 21-13, 21-15 to win the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
India’s PV Sindhu defeated He Bing Jiao of China to win the women’s singles bronze medal at Tokyo Olympics. With this win, Sindhu became the first Indian woman to win two individual Olympic medals.
Sindhu won the match against Bing Jiao with 21-13, 21-15 as she shook off the disappointment of losing the semi-final to Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying on Saturday.
In 2016 Rio Olympics, she had a won silver after losing to Spain’s Carolina Marin in the final. She thus became the first Indian woman to win two individual Olympic medals. Besides Sindhu, wrestler Sushil Kumar is the only other Indian athlete to win two individual medals at the Olympics.
After the agonizing loss to Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying in the semi-finals on Saturday, Sindhu came out strong on Sunday right from the start of the match and won the bronze medal.
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She sped to a 4-0 lead, putting down an early marker. He Bing Jiao made her way back to make it 5-5 and then made it 6-5 to lead for the first time in the match.
Sindhu roared back to life, leaving her Chinese opponent scrambling around the court. Some more good shots put the Indian 11-8 ahead at the mid-game interval of the first game.
Sindhu’s dominant smashes and her ability to retrieve made the Chinese work harder to win points.
Sindhu’s power and dominance in the match proved just too much for Bing Jiao as the Indian took the first game at 21-13.
Just like the first set, Sindhu was quick and came out all guns blazing in the second and took a 4-1 lead, going on to open a 11-8 lead in the mid-break.
He Bing Jiao showed some fight to make it 11-11 but Sindhu once again raised the bar and started to move ahead.
The Chinese tried to catch up but Sindhu was having none of it. The Indian star made it 19-15 to before winning two more consecutive points to finish things off.
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