PV Sindhu gets better of Okuhara, wins Korean Super Series


However, Sindhu was in no mood to let the game slip from her fingers as she tied the game again at 20-20 before winning the game 22-20. Sindhu is preparing for the final on Japan's Nozomi Okuhara which will take place on Sunday.

Sindhu, like always showed confidence and grit as she won the closely contested opening game. Getting her angles correct, Sindhu quickly took a 5-3 lead with the use of steep smashes. Hardly a month after tasting defeat against Japanese shuttler Nozomi Okuhara during the World Championship, it must have been sweet revenge for Sindhu to vanquish the latter to clinch the global title. Okuhara, seeded eighth in the tournament, outgunned her teammate and second seed Akane Yamaguchi 21-17, 21-18 in the first semifinal. This is her second Superseries win in 2017 and third overall after clinching the India Open earlier this year and the China Open in 2016.

Sindhu recovered to stave off the challenge from World No. 19 Minatsu Mitani of Japan 21-19 16-21 21-10 in a match that lasted 63 minutes. Okuhara then managed to save two match points.

When Sidhu was just a couple of points away from match point, both Sindhu and Okuhara were engaged in a 56 shot rally in the final set, which was the highlight of the riveting match. She did not struggle much and she reached the final of Korean open badminton championship. "She had a few points lead and was sharp enough to get one more shuttle back". Sindhu was unable to play her best attacking game, and instead was reduced to playing long rallies which suited the supremely fit Japanese player very well.

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People all over the world soon congratulated the Indian, who tallied her head-head wins with the Japanese 4-4. When the second set lead for Okuhara read 16-9, Sindhu would wisely catch her breath.

The closest that Okuhara came was 13-15, but Sindhu was obdurate in her decision to breast the tape first.

It was a crafty ploy to further discourage her opponent, whose body language, it must be stressed, was not up to the mark.