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TOKYO OLYMPICS: PV Sindhu wins a bronze medal, beats China's, Bing Jiao

India shuttler PV Sindhu won the bronze medal in the Badminton Women's singles category by beating China's He Bing Jiao 21-13,21-15. She becomes the first Indian woman to win two individual Olympic medals. PV Sindhu showed immense character and guts to come back from a crushing defeat on Saturday to win a historic bronze medal in the women's singles badminton at Tokyo Olympics on Sunday.

The 26-year-old became only the 4th female shutter to win 2 Olympic medals in singles badminton when she hammered China's He Bingjiao in the bronze medal match in just 53 minutes. Over 53 minutes at the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza court 1, PV Sindhu overcame the fighting abilities of the Chinese left-hander to join Mirabai Chanu and Lovlina Borgohain as India’s medallists at the Tokyo Olympics.

Sindhu won a historic silver on her Games debut at the Rio Olympics. She was not the favorite back then but she outclassed some of the biggest names on the circuit to finish on the podium. 5 years later, she was the star, a poster girl of badminton in a cricket-crazy country. There was pressure and the burden of expectations but the reigning Olympic champion finished on the podium at the biggest of all stages once again.

Apart from the semi-final against Tai Tzu Ying, Sindhu’s Tokyo campaign covered all bases, showing almost no weakness with terrific court coverage and netplay. To her trademark aggression, she added the flexibility to not be pinned into the deep corners and was able to quickly convert defensive positions into attacking ones. Calmly closing out matches, she didn’t drop a single game in her five wins.

PV Sindhu clung on to her advantage, though, soaking up all the extra shots He Bing Jiao was making her play. The Indian came out of another draining rally to set up match point, unleashing a crosscourt to the vacant backhand section. Leaving He Bing Jiao rooted for one last time, PV Sindhu sealed the bronze, stepping forward decisively and sending the shuttle close to the forehand line.

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