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BWF World Tour Finals 2018 Badminton Final: PV Sindhu vs Nozomi Okuhara live score & updates | 16th December 2018

Sindhu def Okuhara 21-19, 21-17 in 1 hour 2 minutes.
Updated: 16 December 2018 12:07 IST - Published: 16 December 2018 10:31 IST
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Final score: Sindhu def Okuhara 21-19, 21-17 in 1 hour 2 minutes.
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Viktor Axelsen won his biggest career title right at this tournament after losing a handful of finals. It sent his career graph soaring and he won the World Championship next year and became the World No. 1.

Could this title win trigger this for Sindhu as well?
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This is undoubtedly one of the biggest achievements for Indian badminton and Indian sports!!!!!!
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Sindhu is the first Indian to win the season-ending championships!!!!!!

Previously Gutta-Diju and Saina Nehwal have reached the final. And, of course, Sindhu herself reached the final last year!
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This is the biggest title of PV Sindhu's career and her 14th
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She finally wins a final after losing seven consecutive finals!!!!!!!!!
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Sindhu wins her first title of the season in the last tournament of the season!!!!!
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Sindhu gets it with smash winner!!!!!
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Sindhu gets the letcord!

Match point!

20-17
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Okuhara outsmarts Sindhu at the net.

Trails 17-19
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Short lift by Okuhara duly smashed down by Sindhu!

Up 19-16
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Okuhara's racquet string breaks!

Sindhu gets the point and leads 18-16
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And Okuhara is never down and out!

She finds the sideline!

Trails 16-17
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Okuhara gets one point after Sindhu went up 17-14

She trails 15-17
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It's 16-14 to Sindhu now after the Japanese throws in a few unforced errors.
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And Okuhara is winning the physical battle now.

Sindhu 15-14
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The two play the longest rally of the match -- a 48-shot rally, that saw Sindhu finishing it exhausted while Okuhara gets a crosscourt smash right.

Sindhu still up at 15-13
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Another quick point at the net to go up to 15-12
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This time, Sindhu wins the net battle!

Up 14-12
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Okuhara cleverly going for body smashes to cut out the angles.

She trails 12-13
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Okuhara takes a couple of points since resumption.

It's 12-11 to Sindhu
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Good shot to leave!

It lands long, as confirmed by the Hawk-eye and it is 11-9 to Sindhu at the time of the midgame interval.
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It's 10-9 to Sindhu after Okuhara gets a point through a challenge.


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Sindhu kept varying the placement of the shuttle.

Finally the Japanese sent the shuttle wide, unable to time her shot on the short forehand corner.
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And the rallies are getting longer once again, which automatically means advantage to Okuhara.

She now trails 8-9
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Sindhu has taken a couple of points since then to move ahead once more.

9-7 to Sindhu
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Just kept relentlessly going at Sindhu until the Indian broke down
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But, of course, it doesn't a long time for Okuhara to get back into contention.

She storms back to 7-7
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Okuhara helping Sindhu with her rushed shots that are ending in errors.

Sindhu 7-4
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It's 5-3 to Sindhu now.

The Japanese hasn't yet settled into this.
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Okuhara trying to rotate her shots.

Went for down-the-line and then smashed it directly at Sindhu's body.

Sindhu up 4-2
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A confident Sindhu has since gone up to 3-0
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Second game starts with a challenge and it shows Okuhara did indeed put the shuttle out.

 
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Lovely angle from Sindhu to cut down the path of the shuttle and let it drop in the forecourt.

First game to Sindhu at 21-19
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Sindhu has one game point left
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Okuhara saves two!

Isn't that what you always expect from the Japanese?
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And Sindhu has it easy now. Gets a smash in the long forehand corner of Okuhara.

Game points!

20-17
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But after all that superb play, Okuhara makes two smash errors to send Sindhu up to 19-17
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The pace of the match has considerably slowed down ever since Okuhara got back into it.
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 Again Okuhara targeting the backhand side of Sindhu and is getting rewarded!

It's 17-17
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Finally one error from the Japanese!

Sindhu let it go and it was good judgement!

Sindhu 17-16
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And Okuhara puts the shuttle within the backline after yet another long rally.

It's 16-16
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It's just a one-point gap between them now!

Sindhu 16-15
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Sindhu got one vital point but Okuhara was soon back in it as Okuhara smashes down a short lift of Sindhu

Okuhara 14-16
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Okuhara has since wrested control of this match. The last few points have all been Okuhara

She trails 13-15
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It's still a four-point gap between the two.

Sindhu 15-11
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Okuhara targeting short backhand corner of Sindhu to expose her weakness.

Okuhara now 10-14
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Okuhara finally gets a couple of points and trails 8-14
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The placement from Sindhu has so far been pitch perfect!

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