Acclaimed silver medalist PV Sindhu made history this Sunday be becoming the first Indian Badminton player to life the title in Korea when she defeated Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the Women’s Singles final at Korea Open Superseries. This is Sindhu’s third Super Series title and the second one this year. It is also her first Korea Super Series title.
In a rematch of the World Championships title which Sindhu lost to her Japanese opponent Okuhara, this time she managed to survive and claimed the title by beating Okuhara by 22-20, 11-21 and 21-18. The match was watched worldwide by fans of the Badminton star who sent their support via social networking sites.
The first game of the match was quite intense with Sindhu and Okuhara both playing neck-to-neck. The second game saw Okuhara dominate Sindhu and they both then moved onto playing a tense third game when Sindhu began to take the edge. Okuhara tried her best to come back in the game but Sindhu held her fort and managed to throw her off her game.
Sindhu kept things unpredictable and thereby uncomfortable for Okuhara by constantly changing the type of shots used. While at one point she relied on down the line shots and drop down smashes, she quickly changed her strategy to long cross-court hits to confuse her opponent. By keeping Okuhara guessing, Sindhu managed to throw shots which her opponent never saw coming.
The final saw the exceptionally talented Sindhu return her opponent’s smashes with powerful hits of her own and keep a marginal lead throughout the match. Okuhara managed with difficulty to save one match point before she eventually surrendered the game and the title to Sindhu.
The only other Indian to go this far in a Korea Open was Ajay Jayaram when he reached the final in 2015. Sindhu surged past his record and created history by clinching the esteemed title. While Japan’s Okuhara should be commended for putting in all her efforts, due credit should be given to Sindhu who was by far the better player and the well-deserving winner.
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