Indian shuttler Sindhu defeats World No.2 to reach Rio Olympics semi-finals

Rio de Janerio: India’s ace badminton player P.V. Sindhu entered the semi-finals of the women’s singles category at the ongoing Rio Olympics.

Sindhu caused a big upset by stunning World No.2 Wang Yihan of China in the straight set to reach the semi-finals at the ongoing summer games.

The Indian shuttler from Hyderabad faced much higher ranked opponent and scripted a 22-20, 21-19 victory in just 54 minutes game at Rio Olympics.

The 21-year-old defeated former World No. 1 at the Riocentro Pavilion 4 here on Tuesday.

Sindhu will face World no.6 Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the last-four stage. Okuhara defeated compatriot Akane Yamaguchi 11-21, 21-17, 21-10 in a hard-fought all-Japan quarter-final clash which dragged on for one hour and eight minutes.

Wang, who had taken silver at the 2012 London Olympics, was expected to be the stronger of the two, but it was Sindhu who dominated most of the exchanges.

The World no.10 Indian won the majority of the long rallies and used her power-packed smashes and cross-court shots to good effect.