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Tokyo Olympics: PV Sindhu looks to change the colour of her medal | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

July 24, 2021
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PV Sindhu will spearhead the Indian challenge as badminton begins on Saturday. Five years after her silver at the Rio Olympics, Sindhu is now considered a gold medal prospect. The Hyderabadi has earned the tag of ‘big tournament player’ with five World championship medals, including a gold, and aims to become the first Indian woman to win back-to-back medals at the Olympics.
The men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will begin the Indian campaign early on Saturday, when Sai Praneeth will also be in action against Misha Zilberman of Israel.
Sindhu’s first match against Cheung Ngan Yi of Hong Kong is scheduled for 6.40 am on Sunday.
The world champion is expected to top Group J, which also has Israel’s world No. 58 Ksenia Polikarpova. Only one player from each group goes to the next round in singles, while two doubles teams make the quarterfinals from group stage.
Sindhu is likely to face Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark in the round of 16, and will be the clear Sindhu.
However, she will not have coach Pullela Gopichand in her corner. She has been training with Park Tae Sang of South Korea for the past two years.
Sindhu’s first real challenge is likely to be a quarterfinal with Akane Yamaguchi of Japan. She may run into world No.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the semis.
In the other half of the draw, China’s Chen Yufei, Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara and Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon will battle to reach the final.
In men’s singles, Sai has a challenging task of getting past Mark Caljouw of The Netherlands in the group stage. He may face Kento Momota of Japan in the quarterfinals.
Satwik-Chirag are in Group A with world No.1 Marcus Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya and world No.3 Lee Yang/Wang Chi-Lin. They will begin against LeeWang on Saturday.





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