Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu sailed into the pre-quarterfinals of the women’s singles event with a comfortable straight game win over Maldives’ Fathimath Nabaaha Abdul Razzaq at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday. It was always going to be a tough task for Fathimath against the two-time Olympic medallist, who pocketed the Round of 32 match 21-4 21-11 in just 21 minutes.
Sindhu, the last edition’s silver silver medallist in the singles, hardly broke a sweat while toying with her opponent in the first game.
Without adopting an aggressive approach, Sindhu outfoxed the Madives shuttler with her all-round game. She mostly used her deceptive drops shots to garner points.
In the second game, Fathimath produced some resistance initially and was on level terms with Sindhu till 9-9, as the Indian mostly gave away points on unforced errors.
But Sindhu got her composure back and went into the breather leading 11-9.
After the break, it was all Sindhu as she ran away with the game with Razzaq managing just two points, to book her place in the last-16.
Indian ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth defeated Daniel Wanagaliya of Uganda to start off his men’s singles campaign and reached the round of 16 stage at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Thursday. In his round of 32 match, Srikanth won his match by 21-9, 21-9. The Indian was extremely dominant in the match and barely gave a chance to Wanagaliya to take advantage. As a result, he sealed the match within two straight games. Srikanth, who is also a silver medalist in CWG 2018, will play his round of 16 match on Friday.
Notably, Sindhu and Srikanth were the part of Indian mixed Badminton team that clinched the silver medal at CWG 2022.
Indian badminton team claimed the silver medal in the mixed group match of the Commonwealth Games 2022 on Tuesday.
Indian badminton mixed team suffered a 1-3 defeat against Malaysia and had to settle for silver. Only Sindhu managed to earn a win in the summit clash against Malaysia in the women’s singles match.
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