Badminton in Tokyo 2020: Sindhu beats Polikarpova in 29 minutes

P.V. Sindhu's quest for a second Olympic medal began with a 21-7, 21-10 win over Ksenia Polikarpova of Israel in the group stage. The match lasted for just 28 minutes.

P.V. Sindhu of India in action during the match against Ksenia Polikarpova of Israel.   -  REUTERS

World champion P. V. Sindhu warmed up for the tougher battles with an easy 21-7, 21-10 win in the group stage over Ksenia Polikarpova of Israel at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday.

Sindhu’s 29-minute on-court ‘workout’ saw her break away from 5-5 to win the next 14 points in the first game.

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In the second, from 4-3, Sindhu won seven straight points to assert her superiority before converting her fourth match point.

Polikarpova, ranked 58th, was often foxed by Sindhu’s deft placements at the net. The Indian often managed to win points, set up by her powerful smashes that forced feeble responses.

The World No. 7 will next play Hong Kong's World No. 34 Cheung Ngan Yi in the group stage.

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