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Video: Korea Open: PV Sindhu outlasts Nozomi Okuhara in epic 56-shot rally in final

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The rally featured nearly every shot in the bool
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Modified 17 Sep 2017
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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.

A still from the long rally
A still from the long rally
The rally had some breathtaking shots
The rally had some breathtaking shots
Sindhu had the better of Okuhara
Sindhu had the better of Okuhara
The Indian finally clinched the rally after an almighty struggle

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.

Also read: Twitter erupts after PV Sindhu and Nozomi Okuhara play a 56-shot rally in Korea Open final

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!

Published 17 Sep 2017, 17:11 IST
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