Indian badminton ace PV Sindhu has displayed a stellar run at the 2018 BWF World Tour tournament and is set to go head to head against Nozomi Okuhara in Guangzhou in China on Sunday. Sindhu defeated Ratchanok Intanon in the semi-finals to reach the finals of the tournament.
The Olympic silver medallist has had a commendable journey in the tournament so far, winning all her matches and she will look to extend the immaculate run against her Japanese counterpart on Sunday. This also marks the second successive time Sindhu will participate in the finals of the competition. Last time, Sindhu finished runners-up and will aim to make amends in the current edition.
In the men’s event, Sameer Verma faced exit after a 21-12, 20-22, 17-21 loss to World No. 2 Shi Yuqi from China. The match was a toughly-contested display and lasted for a stunning 68 minutes.
Pre-match Comments by Sindhu:
Ahead of the match, Sindhu said that she hopes to end the season on a winning note, “I hope that ending the season, I can win gold, definitely it would mean a lot. I would not call it pressure. I will just play freely, like how I have played these last four matches. And, if I win it, it will be very important for me.”
The match is underway and Sindhu began proceedings, she has now taken an early lead after a few minutes. The Indian is the first to the five point mark as she leads 5-1…
Sindhu’s opposition and Japanese counterpart won two consecutive points but the former has taken charge once again, it’s 7-4.
Olympic silver medalist Sindhu is playing with patience and tactics and that’s reflecting n the score as she leads 10-6 currently, she becomes the first to reach the 10 point mark.
It’s break here and the Indian is enjoying a five point lead. can she maintain her momentum?
Sindhu is absolutely dominating here, she leads 14-6. It looks like the first set will be won by her…
Okuhara Sensational Comeback
Nozomi Okuhara has completely turned things around in Guangzhou, the gap is reduced to just two points, it’s 15-13. Sindhu must keep her calm in the pressure, she dominated for longest stages in the first half and now it’s come down to a neck-to-neck encounter.
Okuhara is back level, from 6-14 to 16 all, this is incredible.
Sindhu has taken the lead again in this topsy-turfy match , where character and nerves is going to play a crucial part. it’s 20-19 in favor of the Indian…
Sindhu Keeps Calm, Restores Lead to Win The First Set
Sindhu has taken the first set after a closely fought encounter towards the later stages. it got dramatic but the Indian held her nerves. first set score: 21-19 (Sindhu win).
Second Set Underway…
Sindhu has taken an early 3-0 lead once again, she must keep the momentum and patience throughout the set. the score is 3-0.
Okuhara has won points in succession, it is now 5-3
The Japanese never gives up easily, for the second time in the match she has made a comeback to level the scores. it’s 7-7. As we conveyed this, Sindhu got two points now, it’s 9-7…
Sindhu hits 10-point mark
The Indian is again the first to the 10-point mark but unlike the initial stages of the first set, this is a close encounter. the score is 10-9 in favour of Sindhu.
It’s a break now, the score is 11-9 in favour of Sindhu.
Sindhu is playing to win her first-ever World tour title and she has been playing well right from the moment go. With an 0 loss record so far, she is on track for the gold. but it’s noy going to be easy. Currently, she leads 12-11.
Sindhu Hits 15 point mark
The Indian is again first to the 15 point mark but the encounter could change in anyone’s favour at the moment. The score is 15-13 in favour of Sindhu.
Sindhu Regains Lead:
It looks like the Indian will seal the second set as well. After a tantalizing encounter, Sindhu leads 19-16
Sindhu is just one point away from the title!
Sindhu wins, the score was 21-17 in the second set.
History has been registered. Sindhu has won her 14th career title but her very first World Tour title. She has finally done it and in style.