India's PV Sindhu won the Korea Open Superseries after defeating Japan's Nozomi Okuhara 22-20, 11-21, 21-18 in a hard-fought match that lasted an hour and 23 minutes.
Sindhu won 22-20, 11-21, 21-18 to win the title and clinch Gold medal. Okuhara managed to save two match points, but Sindhu was simply brilliant as she wrapped up the game, the match and the Championship. Both the player stayed neck-and-neck till 17-17, before Sindhu committed two back-to-back unforced errors as the Japanese took a lead. 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 worldwide title.
The Hyderabad young lady, who picked up her second Super Series title of the season and third overall, also denied Okuhara her third title on the trot. The win didn't come easy for Sindhu as Okuhara fought right to the end in an exhilarating match that was nearly a replica of the World Championships encounter, with a reverse result. Since then, the Korean player has climbed up to world ranking.
With the win, Sindhu drew level 4-4 with Okuhara in their head-to-head record after the Japanese had taken the lead post the World Championships. She mixed aggressive smashes with cunning net-game, which rattled the Japanese, who was forced to trail throughout the match. While Okuhara bought her A-defence to counter Sindhu's attack, Sindhu negotiated Okuhara's all-court play well.
The Indian fifth seed will meet Chinese sixth seed He Bingjiao, who moved past South Korean third seed Sung Ji Hyun with a 21-19 16-21 21-19 victory in an hour and 17 minutes. Playing thereafter with great patience and concentration, and staying with her rival in the energy-sapping rallies, the Indian clung on to the lead for the rest of the match. Both Sindhu and Okuhara displayed their strengths, with Sindhu focusing on her strokeplay and Okuhara on her angles. She began to get the right length and found her rhythm. Even when the long rallies of the third set were taking a toll, her body language was good. However, Sindhu's staying powers, though severely tested, stood up to the stern examination; and she was able to close out the contest, to gain a modicum of revenge for her shattering loss in the World Championship final.
Indian badminton champion PV Sindhu is having a fabulous year.
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