Superb Sindhu eases into quarterfinals of Tokyo Olympics
''I started off well in the first game but around 15-16, I gave a couple of points because I was rushing in my defense. My coach was telling me that I was playing the wrong way and I realized that and I immediately changed my tactics and completed the first game,'' Sindhu told the media after the match.
Sindhu mixed her strokes well, putting her attacking clears and drops to good use besides smashing her way to finish points whenever there was a chance.
She anticipated the shuttle better and showed good court coverage.
Blichfeldt did have her moments but she was too erratic to sustain the pressure on the Indian, who was always a step ahead of her rival during the contest.
Blichfeldt had a 2-0 lead early on but Sindhu soon took back control at 6-4 and kept her nose ahead before unleashing a cross-court smash to enter the interval with a healthy 11-6 lead.
The Danish shuttler scripted a mini-comeback, winning six of the next seven points, riding on a few smashes and Sindhu's unforced errors.
An unlucky net cord broke the run of points but Blichfeldt sent down two straight smashes to again narrow it to 14-16 before succumbing to a series of unforced errors.
The Indian revved up the pace in the second game to zoom to 5-0 but a wrong line judgment from her ended the run of points.
Blichfeldt tried to find an opening but Sindhu was always a step ahead as she again held a five-point advantage at the break.
After the interval, Sindhu lost a few points due to the occasional brilliance shown by her rival and sometimes, her own unforced error, but she was always in control and soon wrapped it up with a delicate shot near the net.
On Tuesday, the men's doubles team of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy suffered heartbreak after failing to make the quarterfinals despite winning two matches in their group.
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