What once seemed like a distant dream is finally becoming a tangible thing as world number seven BV Sendo heads to the Tokyo Olympics, excited to win a second Olympic medal and hopefully lift the Rio silver to the Tokyo gold.
lately , badminton drawing The Tokyo Olympics have been released at the National Badminton Center in England and the fates of those heading to Tokyo have been revealed. The Indian badminton team will feature 2019 World Champion PV Sindhu, 2019 World Championships bronze medalist B.Sai Praneeth and 2018 Commonwealth Games silver medalist duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty.
Let’s take a look at the expected trajectory of PV Sindhu as the 26-year-old will open her campaign for a second Olympic medal and a rare gold medal in the next. Tokyo Olympics.
PV Sindhu dash to gold
Placed in Group J, PV Sindhu has an easy draw for the group stages and won’t have to face many hiccups to reach the knockout stages of the tournament. Sindh, ranked sixth in the Tokyo Olympics, will have to pass Hong Kong’s Cheong Ngan Yi and Israel’s Ksenia Polikarpova in the group stage matches.
–  PV Sindhu vs.  Cheong Ngan Yi [Group Stage]
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As world number 34 Chong Ngan Yi can tease the skinny Hyderabad a bit but she doesn’t need much tension at the start of the tournament as she comfortably leads her head with a 5-0 score.
–  PV Sindhu vs.  Ksenia Polikarpova [Group Stage]
Israel’s Ksenia Polikarpova is currently the world number 58 ranked, and has only locked in with PV Sindhu twice in her career. Their last encounter came in 2015 at the China Open where Sindh handed her a losing streak. Polikarpova hasn’t been able to beat Sindhu in any of their encounters and are 2-0 up over World No. 7.
–  PV Sindhu vs.  Mia Bleichfeldt [Round of 16 – Knockout]
The first real challenge that will come in PV Sindhu’s way will come from Denmark’s No. 12 seed Mia Blichfeldt. The 23-year-old Danish star has proven to be the powerhouse in the BWF circuit recently and has defeated Sindhu in 2021. Sind will need to be wary of Blichfeldt’s surprising skills, Although the Indian is enjoying a head-to-head lead at 4-1.
–  PV Sindhu vs.  Akane Yamaguchi [Quarter Final – Knockout]
Provided that Sindhu overcomes the obstacle imposed by Bletchfeldt, she will meet Japanese star Akane Yamaguchi, the most famous opponent of the Rio 2016 silver medalist. Although Sindhu is literally flying over this lively Japanese ace, it must be remembered that she will receive the massive support of home audience. Of the 18 encounters, Sindu had the final say on 11 occasions, most recently at the 2021 All England Open where they played an exciting match before Sindh won, 16-21, 21-16, 21-19.
–  PV Sindhu vs.  Tai Tzu Ying [Semi Final – Knockout]
It becomes even more difficult for PV Sindhu if he hopes to upgrade her silver to gold at the Tokyo Olympics as world number 1 Tai Tzu-ying will be eagerly awaiting her in the semi-finals. The Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying is perhaps the queen of deception and shares the Indus in an epic rivalry with her. The world No. 1 player may have owned everything in her career except for the most important titles – the world championship crown and Olympic honor. Sindhu denied herself a medal opportunity at Rio 2016, and Tai Tzu will be a fierce competitor, hungry to avenge her loss. Of course, Tai Tzu also boasts an impressive lead from 13-5 but Sindhu has managed to tame it on the biggest stages and she will be hoping to replicate that prodigy in Tokyo.
–  PV Sindhu vs.  Chen Yufei [Final – Gold Medal match]
If Sindhu can get past all the previous obstacles and emerge as a contender in the gold medal match, she will stand on the edge of history. Awaiting her on the way to achieving this will be the Chinese top seed Chen Yufei. At only 23 years old, Yufei is not to be underestimated and she has great racket skills. Attacking him by surprise and with the help of a clever foot movement, the Sind needs to be very wary of the Chinese ace. However, Sindhu’s credit is that the Indian heads home 6-4 and can take comfort from that as she is heading into the gold medal match.
prediction: Although PV Sindhu has to change her path to overcome some of the difficult challenges set by Yamaguchi and Tai Tzu-ying, Sindhu’s lottery is not entirely unfavorable. Nothing is easy in the Olympics, not least a medal – Sindh knows the truth well. Training rigorously over the past few months, PV Sindhu has been hoping to bring her A game to the table and actually have a positive chance of winning a second Olympic medal, if not a gold, for sure.