PV Sindhu to lead charge at Japan Open

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

Newly-crowned Korea Open champion, PV Sindhu will take aim at a third Super Series title this season even as Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal return to action at the USD 325,000 Japan Open starting with the qualifiers on September 19.

Sindhu, who had dropped the second game before defeating Minatsu Mitani last week in the Korea Open, will once again take on the Japanese in the opening round this week.

The 22-year-old shuttler avenged her World Championship heart-break by beating Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in a pulsating summit clash of Korea Open to claim her second Super Series title of the season.

Sindhu might meet world champion Okuhara for the third straight tournament if she can get past Mitani and the Japanese do the same against Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi in their respective openers.

World No. 8 Srikanth, who clinched the Indonesia Super Series premier and Australia Super Series, will face a tricky customer in China’s World No. 10 Tian Houwei in the opening round.

Srikanth, who had also reached the final at Singapore Open, has lost six times to Houwei in their seven meetings and five of those matches have gone into the decider.

Glasgow World Championship bronze medallist Saina, who had a slight thigh strain, will return to action with a clash with Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong, an opponent she had defeated in the finals en route to the Malaysia Masters title early this year.

PV Sindhu enters Korea Open final, faces Okuhara

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

Three weeks after the heart-breaking loss in the World Championships final, PV Sindhu will get a chance to avenge that defeat as she squares up against world champion Nozomi Okuhara in the summit clash of the Korea Open Super Series in Seoul.

The two 22-year-olds, who were involved in the second longest match of women’s singles at the Worlds final, are expected to entertain the crowd once again at another major final. The young shuttlers, who are tipped to dominate world badminton in the next couple of years, have registered contrasting victories in the semi-finals on Saturday.

While fifth seed Sindhu needed three games to get past sixth seed He Bingjiao of China in one hour and six minutes 21-10, 17-21, 21-16, Okuhara had an easy outing against her teammate Akane Yamaguchi in just 38 minutes 21-17, 21-18.

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World Badminton Championships: PV Sindhu settles for silver

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

India’s wait for a World Champion in badminton was extended in Glasgow after its biggest hope PV Sindhu went down in the final of the World Badminton Championships on Sunday. The Indian, who had reached her first final of this tournament, suffered a 19-21 22-20 20-22 loss in a thrilling, energy snapping match.

Sindhu now has three World Championships medal as she had won two bronze medals at the previous two editions. Her silver is also an addition to the same medal won at the Rio Olympics where she had lost to Carolina Marin in the final.

Back in her “yellow” outfit, Sindhu looked comfortable playing the defensive game and tried to read her opponent. She had faced the Japanese player six times before this. Both players enjoyed a 3-3 head-to-head record.

At the break in the first game, she leads 11-5 and kept the momentum after the break. But suddenly, the young Japan player turned it around and took a 13-11 lead. Sindhu did not give it away to tie it 19-19. This time Nokuhara kept her calm and went on to win the game 21-19.

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The second game was an exhibition of the highest quality of badminton as Sindhu and Okuhara tried fought for every point. Okuhara’s defensive game became frustrating for Sindhu after a time and she had trouble completing her winners.

Sindhu and Okuhara engaged in long rallies and though the Indian quite a few winners, Okuhara’s defense proved too much for the Indian. Yet, she had the lead most times in the second game.

Okuhara went on to tie the second game 20-20 and looked set to claim the match with a stunning comeback. But, Sindhu somehow got the better in the best rally of the match to win the game 22-20.

The second game wore out Sindhu and she took time to get her breath back in the final game. She trailed 5-1 before taking four successive points to make it 5-5. She took an 11-9 lead at the break.

It became a battle for every point thereon. Okuhara kept her defense, Sindhu kept hitting winners. None was successful as both ran to tie the game 17-17.

Okuhara managed to bring herself back in the game every time Sindhu tried running away with it. Her net play, along with some long shots tired Sindhu who was also warned for taking too much time during rallies.

At 19-19, Sindhu made an error on return a net shot. She went too quickly for her shot and slammed it straight into the set to give her opponent first Championships point. The Indian came back with a point and tied it 20-20.

Okuhara’s deceiving game proved the difference as she faked a smash and ended up playing a drop shot to which Sindhu did not reach and lost the match.

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