President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi appreciated PV Sindhu after the Indian badminton player settled for silver in the World Championship on Sunday. One can jump the gun and say Sindhu may hold the edge considering she has got the better of Okuhara in the last two encounters, but this is a different stage, it is the all-important finals and nothing can be predicted.
Sindhu now has a world rank of 4 but she has been ranked as high as world No 2. Nozomi was outlasting Sindhu in the early matches but after Rio, Sindhu has two successive wins to her credit. Stay tuned for the latest updates.
After taking a 11-5 lead, PV Sindhu went down losing the first game 19-21.
4 Hyderabadi finished the game in just 48 minutes to reach the finals of this competition for the first time in her career. A pumped up Saina returned everything thrown at her and came up with the flawless clears to close out the rallies.
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"Midway through the first game, we surrendered consecutive points and had to change something", Matsutomo said. She clawed back to 14-14 when Sindhu faltered with her return serve before grabbing the lead. A brilliant inside-out smash gave Saina two back-to-back points for the first time since the opening rallies of this game, but the Japanese scored two more points to take the game to 13-7.
Okuhara became the first Japanese to win a world badminton singles title. The breakthrough finally came this week, as he brushed aside Olympic, world and Asia champion Chen Long in the semifinals, and dismissed Lin without dropping a game to either Chinese star.
"I think 21 points is good, there will be long rallies and it won't be possible to keep it within 30-40 minutes because it a world championship and everybody is a world class player", she said.
When it was done, almost two hours of sweat-soaked, adrenalin-charged, toe-to-toe, lung-busting, heart-wrenching badminton finished in the blink of an eye with a Nozumi Okuhara victor, PV Sindhu stood bent over double.
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