Published: Mon, August 28, 2017
Markets | By Lucia Cruz

PV Sindhu enters first final of World Badminton Championship

PV Sindhu enters first final of World Badminton Championship

Saina ran away with the first game at 21-12 in a rather spirited manner in the semi-final of the World championship in Glasgow.

When will the PV Sindhu vs Nozomi Okuhara final be played? She defeated Nehwal, 12-21, 21-17, 21-10, getting stronger as the match went on.

Not ready to give up, Okuhara fell back on her extraordinary net game to save three game points. With this win, she also became the only second Indian to reach the finals of World Championship after Saina achieved that feat in the last edition at Jakarta. Okuhara didn't allow Saina to take the lead and won the match. Sindhu, seeded fourth, was a little sluggish to start with and was 3-5 at one point but she managed to reel off eight points on the trot to grab an 11-5 lead at the break.

Okuhara got off to a flying start in the second game, taking a 4-0 lead but the 27-year-old Saina fought back and equalised at the nine-point mark.

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In other matches, Chen Long's hold on badminton's biggest title was loosened by Viktor Axelsen. Sunday's game was the first appearance of Sindhu in the finals and was also her best performance, even though she secured the silver medal.

Ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth suffered a major blow as he crashed out of the World Badminton Championships after going down in straight games against top-seed Son Wan Ho of South Korea in the quarter-finals of the men's singles event here on Friday. They are the Olympic gold and bronze medallists. I never took her easy. "I do not want to stop at the final, I want to win gold", said the Japanese. "I got the first points, then lost a lot of the next, and that really affected my game".

When five-time champion Lin's backhand couldn't retrieve a smash, Axelsen won their final 22-20, 21-16 and turned to his coaches with shock on his face and his hands on his head.

While the gruelling contest was on between Sindhu and Okuhara, Sehwag had tweeted: "Making India switch off from watching a cricket match while we are batting, what a joy to watch".

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