After their epic encounter in the BWF World Championships last month, PV Sindhu and Nozomi Okuhara faced off once again in the final of the Korea Open Superseries on Sunday, producing yet another high-quality match that was filled with long rallies and some high-quality shot-making by both shuttlers.
Their last meeting was the longest-ever in the history of the World Championships and its tipping point came with an extraordinary 73-shot rally at the end of the second game that was clinched by the Indian after a monumental struggle.
This time around, there was yet another absolutely breathtaking rally once again in the deciding game. With the score precariously poised at 18-16 in favour of Sindhu, both shuttlers gave it their all and came up with yet another epic rally that enchanted fans across the globe.
It featured almost every shot in the book and both players displayed their remarkable court coverage as the lunged and jumped for each shuttle. It was a backhand error hit into the net by the Japanese starlet that won Sindhu the point, as she fell to her knees after the epic tussle. The final shot count stood at a whopping 56 and may not be as long as the previous one, it was equally engaging and inspiring to watch!
The rally would prove to be extremely crucial as Sindhu would go on to clinch the game 21-18 and take the victory -- her third Superseries title overall and the second this year. The action now shifts to Japan, with the next and eighth competition of the Superseries circuit scheduled to start on September 19 in Tokyo!