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Olympics 2021 badminton: PV Sindhu beats Mia Blichfeldt to secure a place in quarterfinals

PV Sindhu beats Mia Blichfeldt 21-15, 21-13 to make it to quarter-final of women's singles badminton
Updated: 29 July 2021 07:21 IST - Published: July, 29 2021 05:38 AM IST
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That will be all from Sportskeeda. But don't go anywhere as we have golf, shooting, and hockey action going on. Later in the day, there will be archery and boxing as well. Till then, enjoy PV Sindhu's victory. 
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PV Sindhu progresses to quarter-finals

PV Sindhu made the most of her experience in her Round of 16 match as she beat Denmark's Mia Blichfeldt 21-15, 21-13 in straight sets in the women's singles badminton match. She will either face South Korea's Kim Ga-eun or Japan's Akane Yamaguchi in the quarter-finals. 

Sindhu suffered a small scare in the first set as her Danish opponent mounted a comeback. The scoreline went from 13-8 to 16-15 in a matter of minutes. However, Sindhu's resilience saw her winning five points in succession. 

In the second set, Sindhu didn't let her guard drop for a bit as she slowly and steadily extended the lead to have nine match points in her hand. While Mia was managed to save two of them, she succumbed in the next. 
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2nd Set: Sindhu 21-13 Mia

There it is. Sindhu gets it just above the net and Mia leaves it thinking it will go wide. But, to her surprise, it is in. The scream from Sindhu tells it all. She has qualified to the quarter-finals without dropping a single set. 
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2nd Set: Sindhu 20-13 Mia

Out of bounds. Seven more match points still in hands of Sindhu. 
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2nd Set: Sindhu 20-12 Mia

Sindhu hits the net. Mia gets a point. 
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2nd Set: Sindhu 20-11 Mia

Nine match points to Sindhu. 
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2nd Set: Sindhu 19-11 Mia

Out of bounds. 
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2nd Set: Sindhu 18-11 Mia

Another point to Sindhu as the shuttle hits the net. 
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2nd Set: Sindhu 17-11 Mia

The shuttle hits the net. Sindhu was struggling to get in place. 
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2nd Set: Sindhu 16-11 Mia

Too high service. Mia wins the point. 
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2nd Set: Sindhu 16-10 Mia

Sindhu's experience getting her through here. 
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2nd Set: Sindhu 15-10 Mia

Sindhu leaves the shuttle. Mia challenges but gets it wrong. 
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2nd Set: Sindhu 14-10 Mia

A rare unforced error from Sindhu. 
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2nd Set: Sindhu 14-9 Mia

Mia hits the net. Sindhu gets one point. 
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2nd Set: Sindhu 13-9 Mia

Sindhu concedes another point. 
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2nd Set: Sindhu 13-8 Mia

Mia closes down the lead with one point. 
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2nd Set: Sindhu 13-7 Mia

Terrific crosscourt smash from Sindhu and Mia gets her racquet in the time but can't force a shot. 
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2nd Set: Sindhu 12-7 Mia

Sindhu extends the lead. 
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2nd Set: Sindhu 11-7 Mia

The left side of Sindhu was wide open and Mia struck a powerful shot down the line. 
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2nd Set: Sindhu 11-6 Mia

Sindhu wins the rally with her crosscourt smash. More about placement than power actually. We head into the break. 
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2nd Set: Sindhu 10-6 Mia

Sindhu's variety in the game helps her win a point. 
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2nd Set: Sindhu 9-6 Mia

Out of bounds. The lead gets narrowed down. 
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2nd Set: Sindhu 9-5 Mia

With that point, Mia manages to keep the lead to just four points. 
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2nd Set: Sindhu 9-4 Mia

A smash right through the legs of Mia. She has no answer to that. 
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2nd Set: Sindhu 8-4 Mia

Mia wins a point. 
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2nd Set: Sindhu 8-3 Mia

What a disguised smash after making a brilliant defense from Sindhu. 
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2nd Set: Sindhu 7-3 Mia

A service error. The pressure getting the better of Mia. 
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2nd Set: Sindhu 6-3 Mia

Mia runs away with two points. 
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2nd Set: Sindhu 6-1 Mia

Sindhu extends the lead to five points once again. 
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2nd Set: Sindhu 1-5 Mia

Mia finally gets one point. 
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2nd Set: Sindhu 5-0 Mia

Another point to Sindhu. Mia looks annoyed. Nothing going her way in the second set. 
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2nd Set: Sindhu 4-0 Mia

Sindhu's judgment is spot on as the shuttle goes out of bounds. 
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2nd Set: Sindhu 3-0 Mia

Another crosscourt smash from Sindhu and Mia fails to get her racquet in time. 
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2nd Set: Sindhu 2-0 Mia

Another point to Sindhu as the shuttle hits the net. 
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2nd Set: Sindhu 1-0 Mia

Mia defends the first smash down the line but has no answer to the succeeding one coming crosscourt. 
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Sindhu had it easy in the first set in the beginning but Mia mounted a comeback with the scoreline reading 16-15 at one point. But Sindhu's experience saw her taking the first set away. The match is not over yet. 
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1st Set: Sindhu 21-15 Mia

There it is. The shuttle goes out of the doubles line and that fist bump tells it all. 
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1st Set: Sindhu 20-15 Mia

Game point. A brilliant smash from Sindhu and all Mia can do is play that back to the net. 
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1st Set: Sindhu 19-15 Mia

Another point to Sindhu. Just two points away from winning the first set. 
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1st Set: Sindhu 18-15 Mia

Slightly out of bounds but Sindhu bumps her fist in the air to express her joy. A much needed point. 
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1st Set: Sindhu 17-15 Mia

This time it hits the net. Sindhu is gifted a point. 
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1st Set: Sindhu 16-15 Mia

Lovely play. Sindhu can't make it up to that drop shot. 
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1st Set: Sindhu 16-14 Mia

Excellent court coverage and Mia finishes the rally with a down the line smash to Sindhu's left. 
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1st Set: Sindhu 16-13 Mia

A lovely down the line smash to the right of Sindhu and Mia wins a point. 
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1st Set: Sindhu 16-12 Mia

Another point to Sindhu. She is slowly getting back into the groove. 
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1st Set: Sindhu 15-12 Mia

Sindhu gifts the shuttle to Mia to smash it but the latter hits the net. 
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1st Set: Sindhu 14-12 Mia

Sindhu challenges. And, it is out. Sindhu loses one challenge. 
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1st Set: Sindhu 14-11 Mia

Mia hits the top of the net in the short game. The scream from Sindhu tells the relief. 
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1st Set Sindhu 13-11 Mia

Sindhu tries to play it to Mia's backhand but gets it on the net. 
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