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Rio 2016: Indian Shuttler PV Sindhu stuns Wang Yihan of China to enter semifinals

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:48 IST

Are we looking at India's first medal winner at the Rio Olympics? Are we looking at a repeat of Saina Nehwal's historic bronze medal at the London Olympics in 2012, or maybe better? On Tuesday, 16 August, ninth-seeded Indian shuttler PV Sindhu (Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, in case you're wondering what PV stands for) stunned former world champion and second-seed Chinese Wang Yihan, in straight games to reach the semifinals of the Rio Olympics.

PV Sindhu became only the second women shuttler from India to reach an Olympic semifinal since Saina Nehwal back in London in 2012.

The scorecard read 22-20, 21-19, in what was a stunning match that lasted 55 minutes. Sindhu showed no signs off relenting during the match. With this victory, Sindhu is just one win away from an assured medal. This is Sindhu's first appearance at an Olympics.

Sindhu trailed 8-12 in the first game before fighting back to level things at 15-15. Wang saved two game points but on the third, Sindhu made no mistake, and took the opening game 22-20. Sindhu carried the momentum into the second, leading 18-13 at one stage. Six straight points for the Chinese meant the tables had turned at 18-19. However, it was Sindhu who kept calm and compused and trumped her opponent 21-19 in the second game, and with that, the match.

The Indian shuttler faces world number 6 Nozomi Okuhara of Japan, for a shot at the gold medal match. That match will take place on Thursday, 18 August at 5:50 PM IST.

First published: 17 August 2016, 5:07 IST