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Rio 2016: Sindhu slays Wang Yihan to semifinals

Two-time World Championship bronze medallist P V Sindhu stood just a win away from assuring India an elusive medal after she stunned London Games silver medallist Wang Yihan of China to enter the women's singles semifinals at the Rio Olympics here today.

News Nation Bureau | Updated : 17 August 2016, 05:19:05 AM
Rio 2016: Sindhu slays Wang Yihan to semi finals

Rio 2016: Sindhu slays Wang Yihan to semi finals

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With the win, Sindhu became only the second Indian women’s player to reach the semi-final of Olympic Games after Saina Nehwal reached the same stage at the 2012 London Games

Rio 2016: Sindhu slays Wang Yihan to semi finals

Rio 2016: Sindhu slays Wang Yihan to semi finals

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Sindhu won the an thrilling but tiring match in straight sets 22-20, 21-19 dominating Wang Yihan in smashes and fitness.

Rio 2016: Sindhu slays Wang Yihan to semi finals

Rio 2016: Sindhu slays Wang Yihan to semi finals

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The tenth seeded Indian displayed a great combination of aggression and defence as Wang tried to gain the upper hand by net play. Sindhu was up to the task and returned most Wang’s drops and smashes

Rio 2016: Sindhu slays Wang Yihan to semi finals

Rio 2016: Sindhu slays Wang Yihan to semi finals

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At 18-18, Sindhu won a video referral to get two crucialgame point advantage after once again Wang's return buried atthe net. What came next was the longest rally which ended withWang winning the point with a forehand return at the back ofthe court.

Rio 2016: Sindhu slays Wang Yihan to semi finals

Rio 2016: Sindhu slays Wang Yihan to semi finals

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Sindhu won the first set as Wang hits one out. 22-20 the score. It took 29 minutes to decide the set