Rio 2016 Olympics: PV Sindhu wins first group game


India's female shuttler PV Sindhu looked in complete control of her first match of Rio Olympics, registering a win against Hungary's Laura Sarosi in straight games, score reading 21-8 and 21-9. But, the men's and women's doubles team suffered defeat on Thursday.

Sindhu started brilliantly, with some flurry of smashes, taking 7-1 lead. The girl from Hungary earned some points, but the Indian still had a decent lead at 11-5. A few drop shots, and some powersful smashes down the line helped clinched the first game in commanding fashion. The score read 21-8. 

After clinching the first game in such an easy manner, it was just a matter of time for Sindhu to seal the match in the second game itself. 

The Hungarian player came up with a better performance, putting up some spirited display in the second game, but was still trailing 5-9. Sindhu began to take her game to another level, and hit some powerful smashes along with good play at the net, which helped her increase the lead to 17-6. 

There was no stopping Sindhu, who won the second game, 21-9. Earlier, the women's doubles team comprising Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta were pitted against tough opponents from Japan — Misaki Matsutomo, Ayaka Takahashi. The Indian pair looked second best as they lost the match in straight games, score reading 15-21 and 10-21 in 38 minutes.

Right from the outset, the Japanese pair looked dominant with their brilliant game including quick reflexes at the net. The men's team of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy despite giving their best in the first set, which saw some quality rallies, could not find success against medal favourites from Indonesia, Ahsan Mohammad and Setiawan Hendra. Attri-Reddy, after being outplayed in the second game, lost the match 18-21, 13-21.

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