It was always going to be a tough task for Fathimath against the two-time Olympic medallist, who pocketed the Round of 32 match 21-4 21-11 in just 21 minutes.
Sindhu, the last edition’s silver medallist in the singles, hardly broke a sweat while toying with her opponent in the first game.
𝑺𝒊𝒏𝒅𝒉𝒖 𝒐𝒇𝒇 𝒕𝒐 𝒂 𝒘𝒊𝒏𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒓𝒕 🏸#TeamIndia shuttler @Pvsindhu1 beats Maldives’ Fathimath Abdul Razzaq 21-4, 21-11… https://t.co/p2ZxBSiCKc
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Without adopting an aggressive approach, Sindhu outfoxed the Maldives shuttler with her all-round game. She mostly used her deceptive drops shots to garner points.
In the second game, Fathimath produced some resistance initially and was on level terms with Sindhu till 9-9, as the Indian mostly gave away points on unforced errors.
But Sindhu got her composure back and went into the breather leading 11-9.
After the break, it was all Sindhu as she ran away with the game with Razzaq managing just two points, to book her place in the last-16.