Star shuttler P.V. Sindhu entered the quarter-finals of the women’s singles event at the on going Rio Olympics by defeating Tai Tzu-ying of Chinese Taipei in straight games here.
Sindhu dominated right from the start to defeat her highly rated opponent 21-13, 21-15 within 40 minutes in the pre-quarterfinal clash at Court 2 of the Riocentro Pavilion 4 on Monday.
Before Monday’s match, Tzu-ying enjoyed a 4-2 advantage in head to head encounters against Sindhu. But the 21-year-old from Hyderabad was in superb form and dominated her opponent throughout the match.
But Sindhu is expected to face a much tougher challenge in last eight stage as she will now face World No.2 Wang Yihan of China.
Earlier, India’s lone male shuttler in singles event, Srikanth+ also continued his impressive run as he defeated world No. 5 Jan Jorgensen of Denmark to reach the quarter-finals. The 11th-ranked Indian overcame the higher ranked Danish 21-19, 21-19 in a tight 42-minute contest to keep the medal hopes alive.
With the victory, Kidambi also became the second Indian male shuttler to reach the last eight stage after Parupalli Kashyap, who made the quarters in London 2012. The 23-year-old Indian will now face China’s Lin Dan, two-time Olympic champion, for a place in semi-finals on Wednesday.
Vikas Krishan bowed out of the Rio Olympics after losing his quarter-final against Uzbekistan’s Bektemir Melikuziev in the men’s 75kg category on Monday.
Vikas was clearly dominated by the Uzbek who won 3:0 by unanimous decision and advanced to the semi-final at the Rio Games.
The Indian boxer moved exceptionally well in the first round but failed to land punches in round. The second round was dominated by Melikuziev and won it with two judges giving 10:8.
Vikas looked frustrated in the third round and though he hit some punches, he failed to make an impact. He was also the quarter-finalist at the London Olympics.