Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.
PV Sindhu displayed a confident and dominant display of badminton which was visible with eleven points in a row in the second game to seal the deal with a defiant smash past a defenseless Japanese.
In the first game, both kept going back and forth with Sindhu taking three point leads at regular stages before having it reduced to a single point in most stages.
Okuhara would also force Sindhu back into the final third and produce lovely drop shots to keep the Indian shuttler on her toes.
Sindhu had two bites at the cherry in the first game when at 20-18 she returned a shot that was possibly going out and the Japanese made most of that error of judgement.
However Sindhu didn’t make a mistake on the next point as Okuhara herself hit the top of the net with a smash, and concede the first game 19-21 to Sindhu.
The second game was a contest in the first part but Sindhu looked a different player after the pep talk by Pulella Gopichand. Okuhara continued to make errors after errors and Sindhu would dispatch low returns with ease.