India's search for their maiden medal in Rio Olympics is still on, and with each every passing day, the chances are decreasing with athletes losing at crucial stages. Just six days remain for the quadrennial event to end, and India are looking for shuttlers to bring home a medal. All eyes will be on PV Sindhu, who will meet China's Wang Yihan in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.
The Indian shuttler will be confident in the quarterfinals after defeating one of the medal contenders, Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying in the prequarters. Sindhu looked in complete control of the match as she brushed aside her opponent with a dominating win. She won the match in straight games, 21-13, 21-15.
Earlier in the group stages, the Indian shuttler was consistent, winning both her matches to progress to the prequarters. There will be pressure on Sindhu, who will be playing one of the biggest matches in her Olympics career so far, against Yihan, who has also looked in brilliant form in Rio 2016.
Yihan played good badminton in the group stages as well. She defeated both her opponents, without dropping a single game. Sindhu is set to be her first real test in Rio.
The match has all the ingredients of an entertaining encounter, with both the players possessing an aggressive game. With semifinals spot on the line, Sindhu and Yihan will leave no stone unturned to inch closer to the medal.
Sindhu and Yihan have been involved in some entertaining clashes in the past, and are hence no strangers to one another. Yihan has an impressive head-to-head record over Sindhu, who has lost four matches and only won two. But the Indian shuttler will be eager to use his last win in the Denmark Open last year as an inspiration to help her shine in Rio.
There is no doubt about the class Sindhu possesses, but sometimes her lack of consistency costs her big. The Indian needs to come up with an all-round game to progress into the semifinals of the competition.
Where to watch live
PV Sindhu vs Wang Yihan will start at 3:25 a.m IST (11:05 p.m BST, 5:55 a.m ET)
UK and Ireland: TV:BBC. Live Streaming:BBCiPlayer.
Chinese Taipei: TV : Chunghwa Telecom
Indonesia: TV: NEXMEDIA, SCTV
Middle East Countires TV:BeIN Sports. Live streaming:BeIN Sports Connect
Brazil: TV:SporTV, Globo, Fox Sports and ESPN.
Argentina: TV:ESPN and DirecTV. Live Streaming:ESPN Play Latin America.
Australia: TV:Channel 7, 7Two and 7Mate. Live Streaming:Channel 7 online.