Published: Mon, September 18, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

PV Sindhu ousts Bingjiao, sets up summit clash with Okuhara

PV Sindhu ousts Bingjiao, sets up summit clash with Okuhara

With this win, the Olympic silver medallist turns to avenge her finals loss to Okuhara in Worlds Badminton Championship 2017 that happened last month in Glasgow, UK.

Sindhu, who had defeated the Japanese shuttler in the Rio 2016 Olympics, has now leveled her head-to-head record, making it 4-4. Concentrating on the same strategy, the Japanese led 11-9 at the changeover.

Once again, the match went into a decider and both these Champions are no strangers to playing a marathon game. Mitani then erased the deficit but Sindhu ensured she had the bragging rights after the first game as she sealed it quickly. Until the very last point of their 110-minute epic, it was impossible to predict the victor as both played themselves to a standstill.

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"I'd lost that final after leading 19-18 - but that wasn't on my mind". The Indians boys, who are ranked 39 in the world, gave a tough fight to the world No.4 team. She has the smash but today she was sharp in follow-up taps and pushes to get the winners.

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

On Saturday, Sindhu reached the final of the Korea Open Super Series after defeating China's He Bingjiao with 21-10, 17-21, 21-16 in the semi-final. Glimpses of the World Championships epic could be seen as a rally of 56 shots took place soon after - the longest of the match, which Sindhu eventually won to lead 19-16. Okuhara turned on the attacking mode and tried to finish the shuttle early and her tactics worked out well as she clinched the second game 21-11 in no time.

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