Video: Korea Open: PV Sindhu's winning moments after defeating Nozomi Okuhara in epic final
PV Sindhu won her third Superseries title after beating Japan's Nozomi Okuhara in three games at the Korea Open. The final score read 22-20, 11-21, 21-18 in favour of the young Indian, as Sindhu downed her opponent in 1 hour and 24 minutes.
With her win, Sindhu is now on level with Okuhara in terms of their head-to-head record. Okuhara's 14-match winning streak has also been broken by the Indian. Additionally, she has now become the first Indian player to win the title in Korea.
The Japanese had defeated Sindhu in the Badminton World Championships three weeks ago in Glasgow. In the first game today, Okuhara had the early advantage in the first game but Sindhu fought back to take it 22-20. In the second, the Japanese cranked up the tempo a notch and raced to victory with a score of 11-21.
However, it seemed that that burst of speed and power took its toll on her and Sindhu was able to close out the match with a score of 21-18, with yet another epic rally on the final point.
The match was almost a repeat of their previous meeting but this time, the result has been reversed. The encounter was filled with multiple long rallies once again, especially in the final rubber, which included a 56-shot one, which left fans spellbound. In the end, it was a sweet and well-deserved moment for the Indian and she will look to continue her fine form in Japan.
Without a doubt, the 22-year old is highly talented and is touted as the next big badminton star after Saina Nehwal. There is a long way to go for her, but she has time on her side and who knows, maybe she can also grab the world number one spot in the rankings very soon!