PV Sidhu creates history at Tokyo Olympics


At the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday, PV Sindhu made history by winning the bronze medal match against China's He Bing Jiao. She won the key match 21-13, 21-15 to become the first Indian woman to win two Olympic medals in her career. She finished second in the women's singles event at the 2016 Rio Olympics after losing in the final.

Sindhu needed to get off to a great start in order to regain her confidence, which had been shaken by her one-sided semi-final loss to Tai Tzu-Ying on Saturday.

The Indian ace got off to a flying start with a string of victories and a 4-0 lead in the first game thanks to her aggressive play. Sindhu handed the Chinese their first point on an unforced error, and she made it 2-4 with a well-played point near the net.

Sindhu led 5-2 after an unforced error, but Bing Jiao ended a long rally with a stunning cross-court shot and then won a couple of points on the bounce to square the first game at 5-5.

Bing Jiao kept forcing Sindhu to play at the net, but the Indian rose to the occasion and won 8-6. Sindhu led 9-8 after some fine defensive play by Bing Jiao, but the Indian closed out the set with a tremendous smash to go ahead 10-8. As the two players headed into the mid-game break, Sindhu extended her lead to 11-8 with another smash. Sindhu came out with all guns blazing after the break, controlling the speed of the rallies to take a 14-8 lead. Bing Jiao began to show signs of life, increasing her score to 11 points, but Sindhu maintained a comfortable lead over her opponent with some impressive attack and defence.

Sindhu took the lead in the match after winning the first game 21-13.

Sindhu got off to a fast start in the second game, making two excellent line calls and then smashing a great cross-court smash to go up 4-1.

The Chinese, on the other hand, came out strong after the break, winning three points in a row to tie the game at 11 points apiece. Sindhu, on the other hand, stopped the bleeding by hitting two great drop shots on her way to a 14-11 lead.

Sindhu took a 15-11 lead after an unforced error, but Bing Jiao won two sets in a row to cut the gap to just two points.

Following that, another rally began, with both players desperate for the next point, and another Sindhu cross court smash gave her a 16-13 lead.

As she established an 18-14 lead, Sindhu continued the pressure on her Chinese opponent, never letting her in with a chance. Bing Jiao won a point, but Sindhu forced her to make an unfavourable decision.

Sindhu raced to match point with another scintillating smash and then won the bronze medal by closing the second game 21-15.