Tokyo Olympics: PV Sindhu Makes Winning Start; Beats Ksenia Polikarpova


Tokyo: PV Sindhu of India won 21-7, 21-10 game against her Israel opponent Ksenia Polikarpov in her first match of Tokyo Olympics.

The 26-year-old Indian, seeded sixth, beat the 58th ranked Polikarpova 21-7 21-10 in a lop-sided opening match. The world number seven Indian will next play Hong Kong’s world number 34 Cheung Ngan Yi in the group stage.

On Saturday, the Indian men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty shocked the world number duo of Yang Lee and Chi-Lin Wang of Chinese Taipei in a thrilling group A match.

However, B Sai Praneeth jeopardised his qualification to the knockout stage after going down to world number 47, Misha Zilberman of Israel, in a men’s singles group D match.

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