Published: Mon, September 18, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Sindhu avenges World Championships defeat by beating Okuhara at BWF Korea Open

Sindhu avenges World Championships defeat by beating Okuhara at BWF Korea Open

Coming into the match as the first Indian woman and only the second Indian after Ajay Jayaram in 2015 to make the final of the tournament, Sindhu opened the match well, playing a drop shot that Okuhara failed to lift.

The 22-20, 11-21, 21-18 scoreline secured Sindhu's third Superseries title in the course of the past year, behind the 2016 China Open and 2017 India Open; and made her richer by US$45,000.

Okahura came back with a couple of points, but Sindhu races into the lead again, keeping Okahura at the base line.

Meanwhile, eighth-seed Nozomi Okuhara of Japan started her campaign with a stuttering 21-19,21-17 win over Beiwen Zhang of United States of America. Trailing 9-11 Bingjiao's game flourished. "Both players are great champions".

"In the last, both of us played our hearts out and just like the World Championships, the score was nearly there, like 19-17".

The Indian shuttler also displayed extreme fitness levels when she won the longest rally of the match - 56 shots - towards the end of the match. Sameer tried his best, but the Korean dished out a gritty performance to beat the Indian 20-22, 21-10, 21-13 in a match that lasted 69 minutes.

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The world number 4 played ruthlessly against the 8th seeded Okuhara as she dominated her in every form.

Sheer exhaustion forced the Indian on her back as she gasped desperately in an effort to get some air into her oxygen-starved lungs.

Sindhu said that long rallies and unforced errors complicated the situation for her.

The 21-year-old Sindhu had a good 7-3 lead in the second game.

Okuhara had conquered Sindhu in the World Championships final in August in Glasgow. In Seoul - albeit with the cushioning of a first lead - Sindhu would approach Set 2 strategically, and not go wading into battle everytime Okuhara blew the bugle.

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